YKS, which will be attended by over 2 million candidates, will be held this weekend. Students will first take the Basic Proficiency Test. Their success on this test will make up 40 percent of their score. On the second day, Field Proficiency Tests will be conducted.

ENTER THE HALL, SAYING ‘I did my best’

Psychologist Birgül Sena Mayda, who warned the students one day before the exam, said, “As last year, students will take the exam with their masks this year. How will the exam be in the pandemic? As there are less uncertainties in the questions, anxiety levels decrease. With distance education, some of the students think that they cannot study efficiently. They complain about this process and therefore worry. However, they should realize that all students go through the same processes. That is, all students studied their distance lessons, in fact, their other friends also experienced and felt the problem that one had. First of all, students should be able to accept this situation and change their negative thoughts. If the student is experiencing stress on the morning of the exam, he should sit upright and take a sip of the water in his hand as soon as he enters the school. It is important for the person to trust himself here, and when he enters the hall in this way, he will say “I am not ready for the exam” Instead of saying ‘I did my best’, he should sit down and think. In this way, they will feel the decrease in their anxiety level at that moment. Thought and behavior run in parallel. When my behavior is to sit upright, my thinking will be positive in parallel with my behavior,” he said.


Clinical Psychologist Birgül Sena Mayda, who stated that one day before the exam, should take a look at her notes on a topic that bothers her, said, “You can think of a formula or a small topic. Each student’s strategy is different, if you normally do not look at your grades before the exam, for example; from the trials. first, if you are looking at a note that comes to your mind before your exams at school, if something is on your mind the day before the exam, open it and look at your notes. He can open it with peace of mind and look at his notes.”


Stating that there may be anxiety during the exam, Mayda said, “We may also experience tremors in the hands and problems in breathing as a sign of anxiety during the exam. If you experience anxiety, you may not be able to control your breathing. If the student gets anxious during the exam, he should sit back and breathe in 3 times and breathe out 5 times. When we control our breathing in this way, we will feel relieved.”


Istanbul Kent University Nutrition Specialist Kübra Şahin stated that one-way, low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet or skipping meals the day before the exam may weaken the memory, and said, “We recommend an adequate and balanced diet the day before the exam. We warn them not to eat. Food poisoning that may occur if eating from outside can lead to negative situations. On the exam day, the most important factor is sleep, and the second is breakfast. Breakfast is very important. The most important factor to ensure clarity of mind. First of all, you should start with a light breakfast. Milk, eggs, A breakfast with low-salt cheese, olives, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, whole grain bread, vegetables and fruits should be preferred.


Reminding that vitamin C will reduce stress, Kübra Şahin said, “In this period, it has been observed in studies that foods rich in vitamin C in a way to reduce stress reduce stress by increasing the adrenaline level. Therefore, in order to ignore both mental clarity and stress factor, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts are oily. It is necessary to include both seeds and fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C in the daily diet in order to eliminate the stress factor.

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