Exam stress


Set yourself reasonable study goals

BY: Anele Manana

18 December 2015

Every student dreads that time of the year. Televisions stay off, phones stop ringing, books and pens are out and of cause, stress levels are at their highest. Final exams in October or November mean almost everything to a student.

Whether one is a primary level scholar, high school or varsity student, they all have one thing in common, what they enjoy most has to come to an end for a little while. It is that time when most are denied access to TV and playing with friends, their phone taken away and forced to go to the library to study. It’s more painful for the Varsity student who has the sad reality of looking at the surrounding night clubs from their dorm window.

Although they’re forced to give up what they love indulging in, they always find a way of procrastinating. They always find every reason not to study.

“I mainly procrastinate by playing games on my phone. I’m a major addict. I also take a break by watching series on my laptop. What I do is to look in my fridge and see if there is food I can heat up. If there is not, I will cook. Can you imagine? I can’t snack on fruits or chocolate bars”, Allen Nonyane, a High school student said.

Exam stress has the ability to leave one with an eating disorder. People are used to a certain pattern of eating. Exam stress can lead one to deviate from that pattern and begin eating abnormally. They can then adapt to this disorder and it may become a serious matter post exam time.

Some of the students think exam stress only occurs during that period of time and that once that period is over so will the stress levels. For some it turns into a serious, constant depression. Students are often pressured by their parents to do well in school and some experience these stress levels on a regular basis.

According to a report by eNCA, 10% of teenagers die due to suicide. Students are amongst part of that 10 percent, with high pressures from their families to do well in school. The report noted that excessive pressure may lead to a child’s demise.

One needs to understand how to cope with the stress. Here are a few tips:

  • Spend time with friends, without talking about the exams.
  • Try to allow yourself a specific time in the day when you switch off from study and allow your mind to have a break.
  • Have a study routine incorporating regular breaks and meal times.
  • Set yourself reasonable study goals to make the amount of work you are facing into less daunting.
  • Ask for support from those around you. Think about what will make this time easier for you and ask those around you to help with that.