Even after having attempted countless competitive exams, the thought of appearing in another exam creates a ripple effect in my body. It floods my mind with memories – clammy hands, adrenaline pumping through my nerves, thinking of worst case scenarios in my mind, inability to concentrate and the feeling of not having read anything related to the subject. The worst was of preparing for the wrong exam altogether!
Over time, I learned that studying for exams is a combination of various skill sets that were not taught to us in school. To overcome the nervousness and fear of failing, one requires a proactive approach to studying. As a clinical psychologist, I have provided guidance to many students on studying effectively. Following are a few of the things I suggest.
We all know that cramming last minute for an exam is not an effective strategy, especially if you want to retain the information for a longer term. If you tell your brain to just study for this one exam, the brain will follow that direction and will only store information for that one exam. You are likely to forget that information soon afterwards. Instead, if you want to remember information for long term then you need a long term strategy.
Hope this helps! I will be happy to answer your questions.