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Seven simple tips to beat exam stress

March 30, 2010 14:27 IST
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DoraIt's exam time again! The sun is always shining and you are stuck indoors hitting the books, right? Sleepless nights, revision stress and tension, tension, tension! Or are you feeling just too overwhelmed and under pressure to focus?
But don't worry, the most popular Nicktoon, Dora the Explorer jumps in to save the day. A schoolgirl herself, Dora is reaching out to kids all around and giving tips on reducing exam stress.

1. Manage time wisely

Dora insists that you give yourself plenty of time to work on your studies if you want to do well, and you can save yourself a lot of stress if you plan ahead. Set up a study schedule and break up your studies into smaller bits.

2. Don't just worry, take action!

If you don't understand some of your course material, getting stressed out won't help. Instead, take action by seeing your teacher or asking your classmates to help you understand the problem.

3. Take a break

As soon as you notice you are losing concentration, take a short break -- just like Dora would! Go for a walk, talk to a friend or just listen to some music. Then you will feel refreshed and able to concentrate on your revision again.

4. Food matters

Eating healthy makes all the difference. Food rich in vitamins and proteins, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, are a must. 'The nutrients will help your brain stay sharp,' says Little Dora.

5. Blankety blank?

If your mind goes blank, don't panic. It just makes it harder to recall information. Instead, focus on slow, deep breathing for about one minute. If you still can't remember the information then move on to another question and return to this question later.

6. Play is as important as work

Make sure that you build in time to have fun and relax in between study sessions. Run around the park and be part of some fun and frolic. This is definitely help you stay smart and focused.

7. And finally, stay calm and happy!

Dora assures that you will succeed with flying colors! All the best!

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