Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dealing with exam nerves


It is natural to feel nervous before an examination. The more prepared you feel, the easier it will be to conquer your fears.
ü  Create a revision plan to help you feel in control of the process
ü  Plan your work carefully around the topics you need to focus on. Being aware of gaps in your knowledge can create nerves, but having a plan of how you will fill these will make you feel better.
ü  Find out what is involved in the exam:
o    where and when it will take place
o    how much time is allowed
o    how many questions you need to answer
ü  Think positive
ü  Keep the exam in context – even if you do badly, there will be other options open to you
ü  Allow yourself some fun-time each day to relax
Eat sensibly – your brain cells need energy to function well. Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Dehydration makes you tired and reduces concentration

Source: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, 2012, Revision Tips [Online] Available from:

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