I don’t think that there is a student out there who hasn’t had his or her fair share of stress. I’m not usually one to complain, but college can often feel like you are thrust into a hectic world where everything you want from life is at stake. Your academic future seems like its hanging by a thread, and you begin to think that it all comes down on just how well you do on an exam. People will tell you that failing an exam is not the end of the world, but it’s up to each student to try and cope with their own fear of failure. One of the biggest problems is that we tend to be quite good at finding ways of distracting ourselves instead of facing the problem. This leads to a self-perpetuating and never-ending cycle of watching TV to help us relax, and then getting even more stressed because we wasted so much time, which again makes us want to take a break and distract our mind. We might have what it takes to become successful, but it still takes plenty of hard work to put that potential to good use.
Over the years some students have managed to find relatively effective ways of coping with all the extra exam stress, and, as luck would have it, there are lots of smart people out there who documented the strategies that gave the best results. If you want to be able to effectively calm your nerves before an exam, and ensure that you stay focused and motivated, it is important to look at the scientific side of things. In this incredibly useful infographic the numbers talk for themselves – the majority of students have a problem with concentration leading up to a big exam, but there are a number of proven solutions. When researchers compiled the best strategies for calming the nerves, they came up with some interesting results. These twelve tried and true strategies can be just the thing you need to get things under control and keep your eyes on the prize.