Academic performance is one of the most important indicators of achievement amongst students these days. With the ongoing pre-board season, there are some who are motivated and confident while there are some who feel lost. Despite putting in long study hours, some student might struggle with disappointments. This is frustrating for not just the child but also the parents, leading to the mounting pressure, with no concrete plan on how to score well.

Anay (17) approached with the problem of exam anxiety right before his pre-boards.  Regular video sessions with Career & education psychologist helped him formulate a study pan and being more focused. He now has a weekly follow up sessions and is more confident about his exams.

Here are some great tips on how you can prepare well for board or final exams:

1.  Make a Study Plan: Survey your syllabus for all the subjects and see how long each chapter would take to finish, the aim is to divide the syllabus in terms of hours. On the basis of this, make a daily goal and an hourly plan for yourself.

2. Taking Breaks: Don’t feel guilty about taking a break. It is a must to refresh your mind. However these should be of optimum duration. Longer duration in between breaks slow down the momentum of your studies. Follow the 50/15 formula. This means that after studying for 50 minutes, take a 15 minute break. Always get out of your room while taking breaks!

3. Prepare with the aim of writing the Exam: Study smart! Prepare each chapter in terms of questions that might come and how you plan to answer them.

4. Solve as Many Practice Papers: In order to break the inhibition of writing, do as many as practice papers and time yourself. This will boost your confidence.

5.  Study on a Study Table and Chair: Sitting on a table chair helps you concentrate better and reduces distractions. Research indicates that it is easier to retrieve information in situations in which it was acquired.

6. Physical Exercise: Get at least 30 mins of a good physical exercise. This will rejuvenate your mind, make you feel more active and also enhance your concentration levels.

7. Get adequate Sleep: It is mandatory that you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. You will be more alert and fresh when you sit down to study.

8. Eat Healthy: Fix your meal timings. Avoid binging on junk and if your get the urge to eat have healthy foods such as milk, fruits and salads etc.

9. Reduce your Screen time: Cut down on you time in front of the television, smart phones and laptops. These add to distractions that we face while studying.

10.Dealing with Day Dreaming: One of the biggest difficulties is to stop day dreaming. While studying whenever an unproductive thought comes to your mind, write them on a piece of paper. If they persist tell yourself that this is your time to study and you will think about them later. Have a designated time when you open this paper and think about them.

Sr. Adolescent & Career wellness Psychologist at