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Every student in the world dreads them, but still acknowledges their importance. Exams are an integral part of your journey to learning and each student appearing for an exam can do well if they are well prepared.

A few tips that can help you:

1. Relax

How many times have you stayed up all night for an exam the day after? How many times have you found yourself under constant stress of trying to learn everything so you aren't poorly graded by the examiner?

Relax!

An exam is held to test your learning, not to stress you into spending caffeine induced nights.

Don't kill yourself for it. Concentrate on learning rather than wearing yourself out in panic.

2. Schedule and Plan

Rome wasn't built in one day. It took effort and time. If you think you can fare well on an exam by studying overnight then you're wrong.

As the first tip says, relax because a relaxed mind learns the quickest and the best.

Your exam preparation should begin at least three weeks before your exam and it should be properly scheduled so that you complete your syllabus by the end of that time period. Ask yourself:

What subjects are you weak in? Which subject consumes more of your time and energy than the rest? Which subject is your strongest?

Now schedule accordingly. Give more time to the subject you dread, but don't forget your strong subject either. When you're too tired to study the difficult one, but relaxed enough to learn something, you can study the subject you find easy.

Set goals.

You should schedule each day such that you complete one small goal each day. Every small goal will merge with the other to complete the major goal that you had set in the beginning at the end of the decided time period and your burden during the exam period would have reduced substantially.

3. Take breaks

Studying without any pauses is a common practice followed by students, which starts two days before the exam (if there are two or more preparatory holidays provided to them).

Studying continuously for two to three hours is not good. Neither can your mind understand the material correctly nor is it suitable for your health.

Ten minute break.

Taking a ten minute break every hour during those intense hours of revision can be more helpful than you think.

Not only will a break, refresh your mind, it will also give you time and opportunity to grab a quick snack (so you don't run out of energy).

4. Eat well

The hourly ten-minute break gives you time to grab a quick snack, but what kind of snack should it be?

Do not eat junk food.  It will make you feel full and heavy and make you sleepy and lazy instead of energising you.

Eat something light and healthy. Crackers, sandwich, raw fruits and vegetables, buttered bread etc. are some small food items you could eat from time to time.

Don't forget to drink lots of water.

Water is the best fluid for your body and you should drink it in large and refreshing quantities during the final days of preparation.

5. Avoid last minute panic

Often, the rush of adrenaline pumps us up so much, we forget the minor details which are just as important for writing well. The stationary, watch and other small things should be ready the night before. Last minute searching will only lead to stress.

Don't study topics that you didn't prepare before at the last minute. Not only will it cause you stress (because you will not be able to grasp it well), it will also disturb the facts that you have already fed your brain.

Don't worry, don't panic. Utilise that energy to learn well and score well!

Author: Gunjan Vyas

Gunjan is a college student who likes to write as a hobby. She has contributed to internationally acclaimed anthologies and also published a well-received collection of short stories.