Exam Tips : Try 'thought stopping' for better writing
Diana Monteiro, PhD Counseling PsychologistA Director, The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology shares few exam tips - Make sure to carefully read...
Diana Monteiro, PhD Counseling PsychologistA Director, The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology shares few exam tips- Make sure to carefully read instructions on the question paper. - Focus only on writing the exam, not on what other students are doing. - If the question paper is more difficult than you had anticipated, try to focus and just do your best. - Think positively and visualise yourself doing well and reaching your goals. - Before you go to bed on the night before the exam, collect together everything that you will need for the exam. - Double check the time of the exam and the location. - Set the alarm clock and get a good night's sleep. - Get to the exam centre on time (which mean slightly early!). - Engage in 'thought stopping' if you find yourself worrying a lot or mentally comparing your performance to that of your peers or thinking about what others may say about your performance after the results are announced. How to practice 'thought stopping'? Become aware of negative thoughts, say "stop" to yourself and replace your mind with positive thoughts. For example: "If I do badly on the test, I'm a failure" Vs "Yes, this is a difficult test. I am going to do the best I can. If I get a low grade I'll do what it takes to do better next time." . Don't talk to other students right before the exam. .As the papers are distributed, calm yourself down by taking some slow deep breaths. . Good self care before the exam and after includes: . Eat regular nutritious meals . Get a good night's sleep . Cut down on caffeine, alcohol, or drugs . Exercise . Talk about your problems. Don't bottle them up. Talking about your problems is a sign of strength, not weakness.