I’m sure we all can remember taking a stressful exam in our lives. While the most exams we take are when we’re school-age, they do not stop at this time in our lives. There may be exams for work qualifications, night classes and of course, not forgetting the driving test – with its written and practical exams.
It is only natural that most of us feel at least a little stress when sitting any sort of examination. After all, it’s this adrenaline rush that keeps us alert as we are outside our comfortable zone, and can spur us into having the will-power to pass the exam. While good, too much stress can obviously have the opposite effect, ultimately causing extreme stress, unclear thoughts which enable it to result in us failing the exam and making ourselves ill in the operation.
With any exam, this stress is not merely confined to the time we spend inside the exam room, waiting to make over the exam paper and obtain started. Extreme stress may 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 additionally after the exam has finished – especially if we continuously evaluate and bother about how we have performed afterwards.
Considering this, I will on this page provide some processes to help reduce this stress in the time before, during and after the exam.
BEFORE THE EXAM
Make sure you REVISE PROPERLY AND Try this WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM – There is nothing 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 load this can cause, especially with the last minute. By revising properly, developing a plan/timetable for our revision and making sure to start this days, even weeks, beforehand can mean that we head into the exam room feeling we have done everything we possibly can and having increased confidence.
Obtain a good NIGHT SLEEP THE NIGHT Prior to the EXAM – This links to the quantity of revision that we have put-in in the previous days. Cramming information at before -due to a not enough revision or last second panic- will most likely cause us to be tired during the actual exam, liming our potential, and also leading to increased stress. Saying ‘enough is enough’ and achieving a good night sleep is amongst the best things we can easily do to reach our full potential throughout the exam.
START OUT Of your home EARLY AND ARRIVE EARLY On the EXAM VENUE – Rushing at the last minute can (a) signify we arrive late and hang around that could be used for answering questions (b) arrive hot bothered and stressed thus limiting our performance or (c) stop permitted to take the exam in any way. All of these -especially the latter- can result in disaster. My best advice is to get up early, leave 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 always to not arrive to soon as waiting around in the exam venue may be just as stressful as arriving too far gone and rushing.
Throughout the EXAM
TAKE A DEEP BREATH And then try to RELAX BEFORE STARTING Quality – This can be useful no-matter exactly what the type of exam. Even if this sounds simplistic advice, having a few seconds or half a minute to relax ourselves could make all the difference, especially if we’ve got entered the exam venue calmly but believe that our stress levels are suddenly increasing – as frequently happens.
TAKE A GOOD LOOK, OR TWO, In the QUESTIONS OR TASK NEEDED BEFORE STARTING – As the old saying ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ goes, rushing ahead and doing a bad thing, only realising we’ve made a mistake at a later stage, could mean the difference between passing and failing the exam – or not getting the result that we want and deserve. Additionally, but making a mistake including answering the wrong question, especially at the outset of an exam, or making the wrong 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 whenever we can – which is a very annoying and stressful position to be. In a driving test however, organic beef not have this second chance in the exam.
PUT 100% EFFORT INTO 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 make a mistake, can lead us being annoyed and give up. While at that time we may feel that and we don’t care or there’s no point carrying on with the exam, this can lead to stress and anger afterwards. Needless to say, by giving up there is the high probability that we will not get the results we hoped for. Also, natural meats leave the exam feeling guilty for your fact that we have not put full effort in and 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 wanted, we can hold our head up afterwards and say that we have not missed the ability to do this. After all, there aren’t many things worse compared to a good opportunity missed.
AFTER THE EXAM
TRY NOT TO ANALYSE Quality AFTER FINISHING – Surprisingly, from personal experience and talking to lots of people over the years, this can really be the most stressful period of the exam – a similar situation to a employment interview. While we may have some short-term relief that this exam has ended, the tendency is always to start analysing how well we have done. This really is even more tempting when conversing to other people who have finished the same exam. As I have said within a previous article about selection interviews – at this time there is not we can do to affect the result of the exam, it is currently history and out of our hands. By analysing your situation, our natural tendency would be to understate ourselves and feel that we have not done quite as well as we may have and thus stress ourselves. One course of action here is no-matter what, simply make an attempt to forget about the exam until the results are published. Limited to this time will we know for several how well we have performed and what we can do next. Worrying is not going to solve anything and could impact upon our chances in other exams or tasks we have to complete. Also, until look for out the results, there’s nothing we can do no-matter how worried were. Once we know the results, we can then take further steps, but only when we know these.
To conclude then, I hope that these basic techniques happen to be helpful. While for just about any exam there is no replacement for good preparation by means of revision or practice – there are times when no-matter how good this preparation may be, a severe case of stress can ruin everything. I really hope these techniques help and need everyone very good luck.