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January 25 2016


Exam Stress - Techniques To Help Before, During, After The Exam

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

It is common that most of us feel no less than a little stress when sitting any kind of examination. After all, it is primarily the adrenaline rush that keeps us alert when we're outside our comfortable zone, and can spur us into obtaining the will-power to pass the exam. While good, an excessive amount of stress can obviously have the opposite effect, resulting in extreme stress, unclear thoughts and can result in us failing quality and making ourselves ill in the operation.

With any exam, this stress is not merely confined to the time we spend from the exam room, waiting to change over the exam paper and obtain started. Extreme stress might be with us before the exam, being present days or even weeks before the actual exam. It's understandable that another time for this stress is through the exam itself, but additionally after the exam has finished - especially if we continuously evaluate and be worried about how we have performed afterwards.

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In relation to this, I will in this article provide some processes to help reduce this stress in the time before, after and during the exam.


Be sure to REVISE PROPERLY AND Make this happen WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM - Nothing is more stressful than entering an exam room and knowing that we have we have not revised properly. From past experience I know only too well the strain this can cause, especially with the last minute. By revising properly, creating a plan/timetable for our revision and ensuring to start this days, even weeks, beforehand can mean that we walk into the exam room feeling we have done everything we possibly can and having increased confidence.

Get a better NIGHT SLEEP THE NIGHT Prior to the EXAM - This too links to the quantity of revision that we have put-in in the last days. Cramming information in the night before -due to a not enough revision or very last minute panic- will most likely cause us to get tired during the actual exam, liming our potential, but in addition leading to increased stress. Saying 'enough is enough' and getting a good night sleep is probably the best things we are able to do to reach our full potential during the exam.

START OUT Of the property EARLY AND ARRIVE EARLY On the EXAM VENUE - Rushing on the last minute can (a) mean that we arrive late and spend your 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 result in disaster. My best advice is to get up early, leave plenty of time to travel to the exam venue, leaving time to travel slowly and calmly, also to wait quietly to accept exam. A word of caution here though is always to not arrive too early as waiting around at the exam venue might be just as stressful as arriving too late and rushing.

Throughout the EXAM

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

TAKE A GOOD LOOK, OR TWO, AT THE QUESTIONS OR TASK NEEDED Prior to starting - As the saying 'a stitch in time saves nine' goes, rushing ahead and doing an unacceptable thing, only realising we have made a mistake at the later stage, could mean the difference between passing and failing the test - or not having the result that we want and deserve. But, but making a mistake like answering the wrong question, especially at the beginning of an exam, or making a bad move in a driving test, can throw us off-course for the remainder of the exam. We will also likely waste time re-writing/doing the activity again as we can - the very annoying and stressful position to be in. In a driving test however, organic beef not have this second chance through 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 last paragraph when we have made a mistake, can lead us for being annoyed and give up. While during the time we may feel that we don't care or there is absolutely no point carrying on with quality, this can lead to stress and anger afterwards. Obviously, by giving up there may be the high probability that we will not get the results that people hoped for. Also, natural meats leave the exam feeling guilty for your fact that we have not put full effort in and now we could have done better. No less than by trying our hardest, even when we feel that we have not performed as well as we expected, we can hold our head up afterwards and claim that we have not missed the chance to do this. After all, there aren't many things worse when compared to a good opportunity missed.

As soon as the EXAM

TRY NOT TO ANALYSE The test AFTER FINISHING - Surprisingly, therefore and talking to many individuals over the years, this can sometimes be the most stressful period of the exam - a similar situation to a job interview. While we may have some short-term relief that the exam has ended, the tendency would be to start analysing how good we have done. This can be even more tempting when speaking to other people who have finished the identical exam. As I have said in a previous article about job interviews - at this time there is not we can do to customize the result of the exam, now it is history and out of our hands. By analysing the problem, our natural tendency would be to understate ourselves and think that we have not done quite as well as we may have and thus stress ourselves. The best advice here is no-matter what, simply try to forget about the exam until the results are published. Limited to this time will we know for many how well we have performed along with what we can do next. Worrying will not solve anything and may even impact upon our chances in other exams or tasks we must complete. Also, until find out the results, there's nothing we can do no-matter how worried we are. Once we know the results, we can easily then take further steps, however only when we know these.

To conclude then, I hope that these basic techniques happen to be helpful. While for any exam there is no replacement for good preparation in the form of revision or practice - periodically no-matter how good this preparation may be, a severe case of stress can ruin everything. I'm hoping these techniques help and want everyone very good luck.

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