5 Ways To Control Your Exam Anxiety

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Have you ever gone into an exam room sat down turned the dreaded piece of paper over and then gone completely blank? Because this use to happen to me regularly. People get anxious about a lot of different situations but exams and or tests can turn a chilled person into a panic! I have over come this fear through time and numerous strategies implemented over the years, so I thought I would help someone out there going through the same struggles!

1. Breathe:

I have been in the situation where I felt the world would end if I didn’t do well in the exam, and trust me the world doesn’t end… i’m still alive! As you are allowed to walk into the room take a deep breath! If you have to, take your time and take numerous breaths until your breathing is controlled and calm like it would be if you were at home. As you turn over the examination page, if you feel your heart racing, look away and take more deep breathes until you are calm. Even though this may take some time it will be better in the long run because you will actually read the question properly and therefore answer it accordingly!

2. Positive Thoughts: 

So even my exam yesterday, I read the first 3 questions and was like “F@@cK!” basically, however I just kept putting positive thoughts in my head like “that’s ok we can tackle that later” and it made myself calm down and read the question properly.

3. The Wording of “EXAM”:

 The word itself sounds horrible to me! It still scares me no matter how many I have completed! Now to calm my nerves I say “TEST” instead of exam because it honestly doesn’t sound as scary. When you think about it a exam is just a bigger test. Just saying this simple word to myself and others calms my nerves immensely.

4. Think your at home: 

Sometimes theres more pressure on a exam then others, to concur this I tend to pretend I am studying at home because theres no pressure at home if I don’t know the answer straight away and again i’m usually calm when i’m home.

5. Go Back: 

So it would be pretty rare or your just a absolute genius if you could answer 100% of the exam without any default or worry! But… for the most of us we have to employ strategies. If you get to a question that you absolutely have no idea about, mark it down somewhere (Scrap piece of paper) and move on! The amount of times i’ve gone “Nup no idea” moved on came back to it and all of a sudden it has clicked, have been countless! Sometimes in further questions it may act as a cue to that previous question.

Overall, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t know a question in a exam. However, make sure you are calm, collected and confident when you walk in the door and as your completing the exam!

If you have any strategies that you employ please add them into the comments because you may be helping someone out with exam anxiety/ stress.

The Journey Is Coming To An End…

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My mind is fogged and running like clock work as my final two exams for my undergraduate degree are quickly approaching. I have always dreamt of the day that I run out of my last exam and have the biggest beaming smile on my face knowing that I have finally achieved my goal! However, in four days my 3 year dream will be a reality. It’s nerve-racking to imagine because never did I actually believe that this fantasy would be my reality.

When you’ve worked for something for so long you forget about how far you have truly come! I started my undergraduate degree on the other side of the country, not knowing anyone. After a year I had formed close friends that had become family to me. I then transferred to a university back home and completed my final two years.

It’s so surreal to believe the stress and heartache and overwhelming relief will soon be over, and a new adventure awaits. As excited as I am to complete studying for awhile it’s also scary. Since I was 5 years old i have been schooled and then straight into university. I have never experienced life outside of books, endless assignments and exams.

I thought at the beginning of undergrad that I would know where I want to be in the future, that I would have a path set out for me. Unfortunately I have become more confused, unsure of where my true passion sits.

I am excited for the future, to work full time, have a stable life and then to embark on a overseas adventure of a lifetime! However, now all I have to do is wait 4 more days… and hopefully pass! 😛

I cannot wait to celebrate the past 3 years and for my new future, wherever it may lead me!

CJ