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Current issue | Issue 1250, (11 - 17 June 2015)
Sunday,23 September, 2018
Issue 1250, (11 - 17 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous — Beating those exam blues

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

It’s Thanaweya Amma exam time again and, for millions of Egyptian families, a real-life nightmare. No doubt exams are always pretty stressful, triggering reactions from feeling irritable to being unable to eat or sleep properly, or feeling tearful or even panicky. A kind of tension overwhelms some people when they even hear the word.
Fortunately, if the right strategies are used, it’s completely possible to manage some of the stress that’s brought on by exams.

Here are some tips on how to deal with exam stress:

- Always sleep a minimum of eight hours the night before an exam. Don’t revise under the duvet: your bed is a sanctuary, not a desk.

- Avoid last-minute mugging up and stressing on the day of the exam.

- Make sure you have everything necessary for the exam: stationery, identity papers, watch, etc. Last-minute searching for things can stress your mind out further and create panic during the exam.

- Never go to an exam on an empty stomach. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid heavy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes. Fuel your brain as well as your body — no one can think straight on just coffee and chocolate. If possible, carry a water bottle to the exam hall to rehydrate in hot weather.

- Don’t do a last-minute review just before the exam. A tired mind will do you no good, and the chances are you’ll only remember what you learned just before the exam and panic over the other parts.

- Avoid people who stress you out. Focus on your own studying and you will be alright.

- If you’re feeling tired and your mind starts to wander when you’re studying take a five- to ten-minute break.

- Avoid comparing your abilities with your friends. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you’ve chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable and stick to it.

- Build exercise into your timetable. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity.

- Panic attacks are often accompanied by hyperventilating. If you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Breathe in and out through your nose, counting to five each way.

- Remember that exams are given to assess your preparation. Relax — it’s not the end of the world, and there is life after exams. Things might seem intense now but this feeling won’t last forever.

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