Don’t Panic! Top Tips for the Day Before your Exam
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By Morgan International Staff Writers
You wouldn’t be alone if you found your nerves kicking in the day before a big exam. In fact, there’s even a clinical term for the feeling – “anticipatory anxiety”. But, just how much nerves will affect your performance varies from person to person, and in the worst case scenario it can induce physical symptoms, lack of concentration and even have a negative impact on results. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to overcome the panic and ensure you walk into the exam room at your best. Read on for Part One of our top tips for keeping a cool head.
Tip One: Use your mind
Anticipatory anxiety is linked to what is going on in your thoughts – it’s a focus on negative scenarios and ‘what if’ kind of questions, such as what if I get questions I haven’t revised for? To combat this you need to ask yourself rational questions, such as what is the best result that could happen, the most likely outcome and what could you do to cope if the worst did actually happen. This will give you some perspective that will curb the irrational negative thoughts.
Tip Two: Distract yourself
A neat way to switch off those unnecessary negative thoughts is to distract your attention elsewhere. Find something to occupy your mind, which could be anything as simple as counting to one hundred to running an errand or doing a piece of work.
Tip Three: Sleep well
It’s fairly common for students to want to stay up revising through the night as the exam day approaches but this will not help you on your big day. Lack of sleep will put your mind and body under stress, so schedule a normal night’s sleep for at least the last two nights before your exam.
Tip Four: Don’t change your routine
The day before an exam is not the time to try or do something new – this alone can cause additional stress. Try to act as you would on any other day, eating a normal diet, not overdoing your caffeine intake, and avoiding any meetings or outings that can be postponed for another day.
Tip Five: Plan ahead
To settle your nerves and leave nothing to chance, make sure you are well prepared for exam day. Look up where the exam centre is and familiarize yourself with how to get there, plan to arrive early, decide what you will wear, and make sure you have all the necessary papers, pens and any other essentials all gathered together in one safe place one day before.
Tip Six: Have confidence
Remember that having a solid study plan is essential to success, and if you are a Morgan International student, your studies have been designed by professionals with the aim of giving you the maximum chance of success. So walk into the exam room with a feeling of confidence and belief in yourself.
Tip Seven: Relax!
It sounds simple enough, but there are many techniques to make you relax. Finding one that works for you will enable you to use it whenever your panic starts to rise. In Part Two of our tips, we will explore different ways to bring calm when you need it.