Preparing for exams is a stressful time. But it’s important to remember that stress is a natural process that helps us prepare for a tricky situation. That being said, excessive amounts of stress can hinder our productivity and cause negative effects on our minds and bodies.
A new book, “Exam Warriors”, written by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, urges students not to compete with one another.
Competitive behaviour can be useful at times but when preparing and studying for exams it is a behaviour you must avoid, claims Modi. This is because when you are focusing on comparing yourself with others you are losing sight of yourself. Students and teachers should remember to keep revision for GCSE’s productive but fun and engaging.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “Students should compete with themselves and there is no need to compete with others”.
Some students may develop anxiety or become nervous/restless when their exams approach. There are numerous methods through which they can defeat their anxiety or fear of exams such as, having healthy eating habits, taking breaks between extensive study sessions, or practicing yoga. Though the first two methods could be useful, yoga might be a better option out of those. Inculcating yoga mantras in meditation or breathing exercises may help students in this matter. In a similar context, interested parties might also want to take a peek at PM Narendra Modi’s book, where there are 25 “mantras” that aim to help students overcome their fear of exams to get good grades.
Other than being less competitive with others and more with yourself, he encourages students to do yoga to calm the mind and enhance concentration. The book contains yoga positions specifically picked by Modi alongside illustrations and instructions.
He says “From overcoming stress to becoming fitter, the advantages of practicing yoga are manifold”
An essential thing to remember is that exams don’t define you. You don’t need to get the best grades to do well in life.
Jeremy Clarkson reminds us “If your results aren’t joyous, take comfort from the fact I got a C and two U’s and I have a Mercedes Benz.”
There’s also Lord Alan Sugar, who only managed to get 1 GCSE.
Sure it looks good on your C.V if you have good grades, but it also doesn’t mean everything. If you can show you’re hard working and you can gain experience, you can do anything.