Published on January 27th, 2012
It’s exam season and suddenly some minds are clueing in — gears are snapping in place and textbooks are being cracked open to pages that were at first, ignored.
Other people have been ready all along, thumbing through pages and pages of review work, or trusting their natural knack for the subjects for which they are writing exams.
It can be a stressful and an emotional time for many people.
It definitely has been for me, and I know that many of my peers are struggling as well.
No one can think of anything but the negative consequences that could come from an exam that may not go well for them.
A bad final grade in the course, having to face disappointment, screaming, and punishment from parents — those are the biggest factors contributing to the terror that students suffer prior to examinations.
Tears are spilled, paper cuts from intense textbook page flipping are bandaged and migraines are tamed with a few headache pills before the student sets foot into the examination room.
After stepping out of the room, more tears may be spilled; maybe out of joy, maybe out of anguish. Those previous paper cuts may throb because a pen was held to them so long. The headaches may come back.
There is an unbelievable amount of pressure on students to do their best, and that pressure can be dangerous.
Student stress rates are arguably the highest during exam season.
People can memorize dozens of formulas and definitions, but most fail to remember that even if this time may not go well for them, it’s not the end of the world.
I don’t blame them, though.
Rarely does someone come along and say, “You will be fine, and there is always a second chance.”
Just to hear that someone is rooting for you can be such a reassurance to a struggling student.
Each one of us is good at something, and just because an exam doesn’t go well doesn’t mean that it is all over.
Confidence and hard work is what will get you through this time.
Not the lucky charm that you bought at the Niagara Falls gift-shop.
Not that good karma that you have been waiting for since you gave that homeless man a dollar.
Exams aren’t really about luck. They’re about preparation.
Looking for success if you haven’t practised anything is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted seeds.
With a little diligence and persistence, you can do your best.
We all want to move mountains, but a fraction of us are willing to practise on little molehills, first.
Chances are, you still have time to do as well as you possibly can. Give it one hundred and ten percent.
Just like every other season in the year, exam season will pass as well, and you will have plenty of time to relax until the next one comes along.