Ways to Combat Exam Nerves
It's normal to feel nervous about taking exams. However, too much anxiety may mean you panic and under-perform so here's how to get those nerves under control.
Revise: Make and stick to your revision timetable. This will make you feel in control of your work.
Study everything: Don't not revise a subject because you don't like it or find it hard. You'll still have an exam on it so it's important to cover everything.
Check dates and times: It's your responsibility to get to your exams on the right day and at the right time so make sure you do!
Get organised: Make sure you pack your bag and check you have everything you need for the exam the night before.
"Make yourself feel more positive by visualising the exams going well"
Early to bed: Don't stay up late cramming for your exams - you need to be fresh for the next day. So get to bed at a reasonable time and don't forget to set your alarm for the morning!
Think positive: Make yourself feel more positive by visualising the exams going well. Imagine you are confident and relaxed during the exam. Try to imagine the scene in as much detail as possible. If you do have negative thoughts replace them with this positive image.
Relax: Make sure you have time out in the lead up to the exams. Worrying constantly won't help you do any better in the exams so take time to chill out.
Eat breakfast: Even if you don't feel like eating before the exam try and eat something for breakfast, your brain needs energy to work.
Avoid caffeine: Drinking lots of coffee or other drinks containing lots of caffeine is not a good idea as this can make you feel more nervous.
Keep calm: If you start to feel nervous, breathe deeply.
Don't panic: Say to yourself in your head 'I CAN do this exam'.
Perspective: Overall, remember that although exams are important, they are not the be all and end all. You can always re-take them.