Exam periods tend to cause anxiety in most students. However, there are various techniques you can implement in order to manage stress and perform to the best of your mental abilities. Here is some advice to help you stay in control before and during exam times.
Studying for Exams
Think positive! If you think that all will go well, the chances are that it will! Positive reasoning puts you in an optimistic mood and you will feel confident about your academic potential.
While it is a good idea to keep your study space free from distractions, you should not wear yourself out when revising. Instead, you should take regular breaks which can help you relax, clear your mind, and then get back to work ready to absorb more knowledge. Your mind is most likely to be at its best in the morning, so you might want to start with more demanding tasks while you are still fresh, but you should adjust your study to the timeframes that suit you best if you happen to be a night owl.
It is also essential to eat and sleep well.
It is very important, especially for long-distance learners, to make sure you know exactly where the exam will take place, and perhaps to check directions online beforehand. When you need to travel to a new venue, you should aim to arrive early, so that you can calmly look for the exam room. You should allow plenty of time at the start of the day, taking into consideration the possibility of traffic jams, delays or similar setbacks.
You wouldn’t want to get dehydrated during an exam… you can take some water with you. Also make sure you have spare pens and pencils, together with any other material that may be required, such as calculators and dictionaries.
Plan your time wisely. You should make sure that you are clear about exam duration, setting a specific timeframe for each question you want to answer. Remember to leave some time for proofreading at the end.
You need to read the exam questions carefully, making sure that you have fully understood what is expected of you and that your answers cover all points raised by the questions. Your answers should have a clear structure, and all your arguments should be well-supported with evidence and examples. Be careful not to get carried away and cite information that is not relevant to the question, and I am sure that everything will be fine.
Best of luck with your exams!