Contrary to what most students do by continuing to study until the last moment before entering the exam, believing that this will help to better consolidate the information in their minds, the Turkish psychiatrist Bengi Semerji advises taking a break from studying on the last day before the exams, and watching a comedy movie Going out with friends or doing any fun activity to relieve stress.
With the exam season entering many Arab countries, psychiatrist Benghi Samerji, in an interview with Anadolu Agency, offers advice to students and their families to create an appropriate psychological environment free of stress and tension, before and during the examination period.
At the outset, Samerji stressed the need to prepare well for the exam before an appropriate period, and to follow a suitable study schedule, as this greatly reduces stress during exam days. Because the student feels sufficiently prepared for the exam.
Samerji pointed out the importance of students knowing how to relieve themselves and avoid succumbing to stress.
Regarding the night before the exams, Samerji advises the students not to continue studying late or to insist on looking at books on the morning of the exam, but rather to distance themselves a little from the atmosphere of exams and study, by watching a comedy movie or reading an interesting book on the day before the exam or talking. With people they are comfortable with, or going out for a short walk.
Samerji also points out that the student should not change his habits before the exam, such as sleeping earlier or later than usual, or eating unusual food, noting that the student should not go to the exam with an empty stomach and not overeat as well.
Samerji also advises that the student limit his thinking before going to the exam to make sure that he knows the place where he will take the exam, that he carries with him all the necessary tools, and that he makes sure that he will not need to go to the bathroom during the exam, and that he wears clothes suitable for the weather, whether it is hot or cold. And then to think that he will do everything he can during the exam.
during the exam
When entering the examination committee, Samerji says that the student must first sit in the manner that makes him comfortable, and then look at the examination paper.
Samerji does not see the need for the student to solve the questions in the order of the exam paper itself, but rather to start with the questions that he knows the answers to, not to rush, and to read accurately what is required of him. She also points out the importance of organizing time during the exam, saying that the student should put his watch in front of him and know when He should stop trying with a question that he was confused about and move on to the next question.
In the event that the student feels very nervous during the exam, Samerji believes that the way to get rid of it is by leaving the student with paper and pen and closing his eyes for a while. And in the event that he feels that he no longer remembers anything of what he studied, Samerji advises that the student leave the questions and do breathing exercises, and write on one side of the paper the words that come to mind, or draw any shapes that come to mind or draw repeated lines.
The role of parents
Regarding the role of fathers and mothers in helping their children succeed in school, Samerji says that it is the responsibility of parents, especially in the early educational stages of their children, to make sure that they are ready for exams, that there is nothing that hinders their studies, and that their children receive education in a manner appropriate to their characteristics and style of learning. learning.
Samerji stresses the need for parents to pay attention to their way of motivating their children to study, pointing out that exaggeration in praise and satire negatively affects the child's psyche and academic performance.
Samerji explains this, saying that exaggeration in praise makes the child feel that his parents are always expecting great success from him. He may not always be able to achieve the achievement for which he deserves this praise, and he will feel that any success he achieves does not rise to the required level, and then he will always feel that he is unsuccessful, and he will be deprived of enjoying his success, and his self-confidence will decrease.
On the other hand, when parents direct their children to phrases such as, "I knew you wouldn't be able to do this? You didn't study well, you're not good for anything, you're lazy," and they think that they are urging him to study and achieve. That the child behaves in a way that proves that his parents’ words are correct, and then he does not turn into a diligent academic child, but rather into an angry and sad person who is not confident in himself, and begins to devalue himself affected by his parents’ manner with him.