Exam Season


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It’s that time of the year again. The only thing between you and happy holidays is a traumatic week of final exams. While there are some foods that will definitely cheer you up and keep your energy levels high during this stressful duration, there are others you should definitely avoid, no matter how much you crave for them, especially before your exams. Here are the top food items you just can’t have before final exams.


  1. Cookies, cakes, and muffins


Cookies, cakes, muffins and pastries contain white flour, which is not digested easily and takes a lot of body energy. So avoid draining useful energy that might help you think more during the exam duration.


  1. Chocolates and candies


They may appear as a stress buster, but chocolates and candies are high in refined sugars, which can lead to excessive carbohydrate level in the body. So you can end up jittery and distracted during exams, and may even suffer a crash. Better keep the craving aside for a while.


  1. Carbohydrates


Carbs, if eaten alone and in large quantities, will make you feel more dizzy than alert. This is something you definitely don’t want during an exam.


  1. Soda


Soda consumption before the exam can not only lead to a sugar crash, but you can also end up dehydrating the whole body. It’s better to keep it for the after-exam party.


  1. Cherry Juice


Cherry juice is rich in melatonin, which regulates your sleep cycle. So if you plan to stay awake for a late night study, do not have this in the evening as you might speed up a sleep-inducing process.


  1. Alcohol


This one is definitely a no-brainer. At best, alcohol might cause a headache and nausea. At worst, you might actually throw up on your precious answer sheet. Imagine that, if you like.

As exams are just round the corner, a feeling of nauseating anxiety revolves around our minds, inclining us towards stress and tension. Now, with meager time and enormous burden of covering the syllabus, the only way to score decent grades is by realizing that studying ‘hard’ is way more important than studying ‘smart’. The following points will help you in acing the semester, with the minimalistic amount of time left!

 1. Get organized :

The first step is to organise the time schedule in such a way that the last important days are utilized in the best possible way. Note down the maximum amount of time you can devote to studies during the last days. Frame a schedule accordingly.

2. Note down the ‘most’ important things to be covered :

Call up your professor, friend or senior who might have the best knowledge about the subject. Inquire about the important chapter and its contents. Use previous ten years question papers to have an idea about the format and occurrence of questions. Mark them, study them. Summarize all your notes and keep them handy.

3. Highlight :

Now that the time is less, focus on the main headings, underlined words or significant notes. Highlight everything that seems important. Read, memorize, turn to the next page. Don’t spend much time on something that you don’t understand. Mark it, and move on. When you take a break or finish, go through it again or ask a friend.

4. Focus more on ‘understanding’ than on mugging it up:

If you force feed your brains more than it can take, you’re more likely to go blank the next day. Instead of covering too much, understand the concepts and memorize the basics. Relate or link the important points to numbers or alphabets. Focus and learn up the keywords. Elaborate on it later in the exam.

5. Tell yourself you ‘can’ do it :

The only thing that ruins the exams even after proper preparations is nervousness and negativity. Remind yourself to be optimistic about doing well and don’t let stress or fear overcome you.

6. Relax! :

This is where most of the students may lack. Too much syllabus and last day preparations may urge you to stay awake the entire night before the exam. Try avoiding this, because this may cause your brain to be over exhausted, which may prevent you from performing your best on the main day. Have proper food and sleep and give it your best shot with a refreshed mind.

All the best!

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Lovleen Kaur

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