Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dealing with exam stress

Feeling stressed at exam-time is natural, but letting exam stress get the better of you can hinder your ability to concentrate, recall information and think clearly.

A simple and effective way to help relieve stress is to close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. This helps calm your entire nervous system.

If your mind "blanks", don't panic! Take several slow, deep breaths. On a separate piece of paper, jot down related bullet points.  If you still can't recall the information move on and come back to it at a later stage.

Take a small bottle of water into the exam with you. Keeping hydrated will help with concentration.

Invigilators are there to help, if you have a problem with noise inside or outside the exam hall, if the sun is shining on your exam paper etc.

Image: "Exam Stress/English Project" by Nahh via Flickr

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