Sibel Durak, PDR Co-ordinator at Bahchehir College, one of the leading educational institutions in Turkey, gave important tips to students and their parents who will always support their children during this difficult process to reduce the excitement and anxiety of exams
The High School Entrance Examination (LGS) countdown has begun. Tensions are running high among students and their parents ahead of the exams, which will be held on Sunday, June 5. Sibel Durak, coordinator of the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance at Bahchehir College, has provided valuable advice to parents and students prior to LGS.
Many students slow down or stop reading as the exams get closer. Noting that students can study until the last day if they feel emotionally comfortable, Durak emphasized that instead of trying to learn a new subject, it would be beneficial to spend the last few days on repetition and exam solutions.
“Don’t meet people who increase your anxiety about exams”
Noting that you should not go to bed too early or too late the night before the exam, Durak advises students to take a warm bath if they cannot sleep and calmly end the process by doing an activity that the person likes and will be calm. Down them. Durak further reminded that lack of one night’s sleep will not affect a person’s performance. The following is a list of things to do on the day before the Durac test:
“Stay away from activities that make you physically tired before the exam, but light exercise like walking will help you feel stronger.
Avoid activities that will keep you still and mentally exhausted for hours, such as computer games, the day before the exam.
The test is an opportunity to show what you can do. Notice what you’ve done so far; Focus on them and be confident. Believe that your hard work will be reflected. You know that negative thoughts about exams will not help you improve your success.
Try to make the night before the test as mundane as possible. Don’t plan activities other than the ones you usually do. Avoid physically strenuous activity as advised by the people around you to distract your mind before the test.
Before the test, avoid the use of excessive stimulants and sedatives such as tea and coffee.
If possible, do not talk to people whose speech and behavior make you anxious about the test. If you have to meet, choose not to talk to them about the test. “
“Don’t be stubborn with exam questions”
Noting that the student should not waste time observing other students around him, Durak said, “Focus your booklet in front of you, the pen in your hand. ‘I’m testing now. This is my booklet. Focus on yourself and the test again, saying ‘this is my pen and I keep solving questions’. A very simple question and a very difficult question in the test brings the same score. Therefore, do not spend too much time on unresolved questions. To avoid wasting time, skip to the second round with the ‘Turning Technique’ for questions that you are stuck with or take too long to solve. Ask simple questions that you can do right now in the first round. Put a tick next to the questions that will take your time but you think you can. Put a different mark next to a very difficult question that you think you can’t. Thus, in the second round, without wasting time, you will determine the questions you will solve first. If you see that you are getting out of the test, your mind needs a few seconds to rest. Lower your pen, close your eyes, rub it on your forehead and temples, use it for 5-10 seconds or do another relaxing exercise that will relax you. Then work from the bottom of the list eliminating issues that aren’t worth the fight. Do the math in the booklet, not the mind, “he said.
“Goodbye Phone Block”
Durac, who recommends that parents help their child take control of the test, not just alleviate anxiety and frustration, said, “There is nothing more natural than this when parents are concerned about their children’s future and want the best for them. However, it should not be forgotten that in the days leading up to the test the child’s anxiety increases and the criticism needs to be postponed until after the test. In fact, what they really need is listening, listening. The ‘healing’ process begins. Positive conversations about the test boost confidence and reduce anxiety. Negative thoughts such as family distrust of the child, the test will be very difficult and the child will not pass the test increase anxiety. If you are worried, your The child is also more likely to be anxious.
Durak suggested that parents should take steps to protect their children and refrain from engaging in conversations that put their children under pressure. Wishing them success in simple faith. However, this effort in simple faith can unfortunately have a negative effect on the student who takes the test. “You will succeed, I know, I believe you, come on, show yourself” The general test can increase the tension, “he said.
“It’s easier to control your emotions than you think.”
Sibel Durak offers the following tips for controlling student tension:
“Think of a positive person who makes you feel happy and at peace. It could be someone you know, or a leader, thinker or artist who influences you and takes you as a model. Imagine that this person is supporting you. , Giving you advice that will reduce your arousal. Repeat the positive sentence that this person said to you several times in your heart.
Breathing helps you manage your arousal. Take a deep breath through your nose. Hold your breath for 1-2 seconds and exhale slowly through your mouth for about twice as long as you take.
Concentrate on the people around you instead of the excitement you feel in your body. This brief change of conscious focus will help you recover. “How do I hold my pen? Am I asking?” You can use questions like: Look around and focus your attention on other points in the environment. For example; How many items are there in the classroom? How many people use glasses? How many lines are written on the wall? As. “