It is only natural that most of us feel at least a little stress when sitting any type of examination. After all, it is this adrenaline rush that keeps us alert while we are outside our comfort zone, and can spur us into having the will-power to pass the exam. While good, too much stress can of course have the opposite effect, leading to extreme stress, unclear thoughts and can result in us failing the exam and making ourselves ill in the process.
I’m sure we can all remember taking a stressful exam sometime in our lives. While the majority of exams we take are when we are school-age, they do not stop at this time in our lives 200-301 . There can be exams for work qualifications, night classes and of course, not forgetting the driving test – with its written and practical exams.
With any exam, this stress is not merely confined to the time we spend in the exam room, waiting to turn over the exam paper and get started. Extreme stress can be with us before the exam, being present days or even weeks before the actual exam. It goes without saying that another time for this stress is during the exam itself, but also after the exam has finished – especially if we continuously evaluate and worry about how we have performed afterwards.In light of this, I will in this article provide some techniques to help reduce this stress in the time before, during and after the exam.
BEFORE THE EXAM MAKE SURE TO REVISE PROPERLY AND DO THIS WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM – There is nothing more stressful than walking into an exam room and knowing that we have we have not revised properly. From past experience I know only too well the stress this can cause, especially at the last minute. By revising properly, having a plan/timetable for our revision and making sure to start this days, even weeks, in advance can mean that we walk into the exam room feeling that we have done everything we possibly can and having increased confidence.