Exam Stress - Strategies to Help Before, During, And After The Exam

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I'm sure we can all remember taking a stressful exam between our lives. While the majority of exams we take are if we are school-age, they do not stop at this time around in our lives. There might be exams for work qualifications, night classes not to mention, not forgetting the test - with its written and practical exams.

To think about that most of us feel a minimum of a little stress when sitting any type of examination. After all, this is the adrenaline rush that keeps us alert while we're outside our comfortable zone, and can spur us into getting the will-power to pass the exam. While good, excessive stress can naturally have the opposite effect, leading to extreme stress, unclear thoughts which enable it to result in us failing quality and making ourselves ill in the act.

With any exam, this stress isn't only confined to the time we spend in the exam room, waiting to make over the exam paper and obtain started. Extreme stress might be with us before the exam, being present days or perhaps weeks before the actual exam. It's obvious that another time for this stress is during the exam itself, and also after the exam has finished - particularly when we continuously evaluate and bother about how we have performed afterwards.

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Considering this, I will on this page provide some processes to help reduce this stress within the time before, during and after the exam.


MAKE SURE TO REVISE PROPERLY AND Try this WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM - There is nothing more stressful than walking into an exam room and realizing that we have we have not revised properly. From consider your experience I know only too well the load this can cause, especially at the last minute. By revising properly, developing a plan/timetable for our revision and ensuring that to start this days, even weeks, upfront can mean that we approach the exam room feeling we have done everything we can and having increased confidence.

Obtain a good NIGHT SLEEP THE NIGHT Ahead of the EXAM - And also this links to the quantity of revision that we have put-in in the last days. Cramming information at night before -due to a lack of revision or last second panic- will most likely cause us to become tired during the actual exam, liming our potential, but in addition leading to increased stress. Saying 'enough is enough' and becoming a good night sleep is probably the best things we are able to do to reach our full potential throughout the exam.

START OUT OF THE HOUSE EARLY AND ARRIVE EARLY AT THE EXAM VENUE - Rushing at the last minute can (a) signify we arrive late and spend time that could be used for answering questions (b) arrive hot bothered and stressed thus limiting our performance or (c) not permitted to take the exam at all. All of these -especially the latter- can lead to disaster. My best advice is to find up early, leave plenty of time to travel to the exam venue, leaving time for you to travel slowly and calmly, and to wait quietly to look at exam. A word of caution here though is to not arrive too early as waiting around with the exam venue might be just as stressful as arriving far too late and rushing.

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TAKE A DEEP BREATH And continue to RELAX BEFORE STARTING Test - This can be useful no-matter what the type of exam. Even if this sounds simplistic advice, going for a few seconds or half a minute to relax ourselves may make all the difference, especially if we've got entered the exam venue calmly but believe our stress levels are suddenly increasing - as often happens.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK, OR TWO, In the QUESTIONS OR TASK NEEDED BEFORE STARTING - As the nugget of advice 'a stitch in time saves nine' goes, rushing ahead and doing a bad thing, only realising we now have made a mistake at a later stage, can often mean the difference between passing and failing quality - or not getting the result that we want and deserve. Not only this, but making a mistake like answering the wrong question, especially at the start of an exam, or making the wrong move in a driving test, can throw us off-course throughout the exam. We will also likely waste time re-writing/doing the activity again if we can - the industry very annoying and stressful position to be in. In a driving test however, we might not have this second chance throughout the exam.

PUT 100% EFFORT In the EXAM SO THAT There won't be any GUILTY 'I COULD HAVE DONE BETTER' FEELINGS AFTERWARDS - Stress, especially as discussed in the previous paragraph when we are making a mistake, can lead us to become annoyed and give up. While back then we may feel that we do not care or there's no point carrying on with test, this can lead to stress and anger afterwards. Naturally, by giving up there will be the high probability that we will not get the results we hoped for. Also, we may leave the exam feeling guilty for the fact that we have not put full effort in so we could have done better. No less than by trying our hardest, even when we feel that we have not performed nearly as well as we desired, we can hold our head up afterwards and point out that we have not missed the ability to do this. After all, there aren't many things worse when compared to a good opportunity missed.

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TRY NOT TO ANALYSE THE EXAM AFTER FINISHING - Surprisingly, from personal experience and talking to many individuals over the years, this can actually be the most stressful time of the exam - a similar situation to a employment interview. While we may have some short-term relief the exam has ended, the tendency is usually to start analysing just how we have done. This is even more tempting when they talk to other people who have finished precisely the same exam. As I have said inside a previous article about job interviews - at this time there is certainly not we can do to alter the result of the exam, now it is history and out of our hands. By analysing the problem, our natural tendency is to understate ourselves and believe we have not done quite as well as we may even have and thus stress ourselves. The best way forward here is no-matter what, simply make an attempt to forget about the exam before results are published. Only at this time will we know for certain how well we have performed as well as what we can do next. Worrying won't solve anything and may impact upon our chances in other exams or tasks we must complete. Also, until we discover out the results, nothing is we can do no-matter how worried were. Once we know the results, we can easily then take further steps, only when we know these.

In summary then, I hope that these basic techniques happen to be helpful. While for almost any exam there is no replacement good preparation available as revision or practice - there are times when no-matter how good this preparation may be, a severe case of stress can ruin everything. I'm hoping these techniques help and need everyone very good luck.