November 15, 2013
There are ten days to go for the FRM exam and it is quite natural for some to enter into a last minute scramble to finish the course and to study more. But at this point of time, you should focus on giving your mind and body adequate rest and relaxation. You must remain calm and composed. If you think you are panicking, take a deep breath and meditate. Let your mind go over all the things it has already taken in. Don’t think negative. Don’t think that you haven’t studied enough. Do yourself a favor and tell yourself that you have indeed studied adequately and try and remember all the things you have studied.
Here are some more tips that are likely to help you./
A timetable always helps to monitor and keep track of the progress you are making. But it is also necessary to include time for relaxation and fun as well.
Take plenty of mock tests and practice tests. You could time it as well. It would seem to be like a simulation of the FRM exam itself. Ensure that your revision is completed on time. This will make you feel confident and will also provide a boost for your morale.
It is important to study various topics, with differing difficulty levels as this will ensure that you don’t feel disheartened or bored.
It is also vital that you set practical and realistic goals for yourself at this stage.
According to scientific research, it is deemed necessary to take short and frequent breaks while studying as it keeps concentration levels from dipping. Mental fatigue is not only detrimental to the studying process but also harms what has already been absorbed by the brain.
During this time, it is necessary to revert to activities that do not prove to be great distraction to your study schedule.
Avoid watching videos, television and do not listen to loud and blaring music. You will then be able to get back to your books rejuvenated.
Both the mind and the body need adequate rest.
Doctors prescribe a minimum of seven hours of sleep so that the body functions well. You are also advised to sleep at a time that is regular in your day-to-day schedule. At this stage, you mustn’t alter your sleeping cycle.
You can choose to wake up early and study, or burn the midnight oil and study late into the night. But whatever your preferred hours of study are has to be in sync with the timings of the exam because you need to be most alert then.
You ought to cease studying an hour before sleeping at night. During that hour, you could try doing some exercises which help in muscular relaxation and also help alleviate the stress.
As a rule, doctors tell us to always include in our diet foods rich in proteins and vitamins, such as fruits, green leafy vegetables, etc. But that piece of advice is not usually heeded!
However, at a juncture such as this one, you will understand how these nutrients will help you think clearly and will also help the brain stay sharp. Food with high fat content must be avoided at all costs.
Tea, coffee and fizzy drinks won’t help much either. It will disturb your sleep patter and will also hinder the clarity of your thought processes.
Keep all insignificant concerns at bay.
At this moment, the FRM exam should be your only focus. Avoid all distractions and activities that might warrant unwanted anxiety or loss of concentration. Follow courses of action that do not break your rhythm.
Be in the company of people who will have a positive effect on your self-esteem and morale. This will benefit you greatly.
Avoid comparing yourself to others. An unhealthy level of competition shall prove to be enormously detrimental versus a healthy level that would spur you to action. Do not think along the lines of “Everyone else appears to be far ahead, while I’m still lagging behind.”
To challenge these negative thoughts, tell yourself “I have faced many obstacles, few greater than this one, and I have overcome.”
A few tips for relaxation: meditation, yoga and deep breathing work wonders. These exercises contribute to the significant reduction of stress and also help in relaxing your body. You could also take a walk after you are done studying for the day.
I hope these tips will be of benefit to you. All the best for your exam!