Students, brace yourselves. Winter is coming; and by “winter” I mean “exams”. Yes, it’s only a few months before the exam season is on us again so, for those of you who seem to think that two years of studying can be completed in two days, it’s about time you wake up! I’m not trying to scare you but you need to be reminded of that fact. Else, you will soon be drowned in an ocean full of panic and it will be too late then.
Most students (save the exceptional few) go through the following stages before their exams. See if you recognize any or all of the following stages in yourself!
The 5 Stages of Exam Fever
Stage 1: Denial
“Exams? What exams? They’re ages away! I’ve still got another year before I even start worrying about them.” Right about this time, everything seems to be hunky dory and late nights out with your friends always seem inevitable. There’s always tomorrow for your studies. So chill, right?
The problem is you may be too chilled out about it.
Stage 2: Procrastination
As the days become shorter and nights even shorter, you start to notice the looming mountain in the distance that is your exams. Still, you keep telling yourself every day that there’s enough time. Once you start drawing out a schedule, everything will fall into place like a jigsaw puzzle. Just a few more days…
Stage 3: Apprehension
As realisation dawns on you, you start to feel the tiny tingle of fear up your spine. You tell yourself it’s now or never. You draw out a schedule and allot time slots for each of your subjects, and then days and dates for chapters to cover. Then you realise it’s not enough. Even if you never sleep again till the exams are over, it’ll still not be enough.
Stage 4: Panic
As panic creeps in, you start to stress over what you could have done and you start hearing the voices of your parents and teachers from a year back urging you to start studying. You hysterically start thinking and hoping that there’s a Plan B. There HAS to be!
Stage 5: Acceptance
Once you have come to earth and you start to assess the weight of the situation, you begin to start thinking sanely for the first time in months; although sane is not what you need right about now (perhaps, a hint of wizardry). This is when the cramming begins.
Do you recognise a similar pattern in yourself? It’s time to wake up! Believe me, it’s not worth to be procrastinating your studies only to end up panicking in the last minute before your exams. If you feel you can’t do it, snap out of it.
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