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Exam Nerves

If you panic:

Stop the self-defeating thoughts, tell yourself instead that you are going to survive this experience come what may; that you are just going to try doing whatever you can. Remind yourself that it is not you as a person that is being judged -only a few short essays and these are not being judged by Gods. Cut the examiner down to size in your mind. According to studydaddy experts imagine him or her as your friend or as someone who knows very little about the subject and needs you to explain it patiently.

Now close your eyes gently and focus on your breathing. Take a long deep breath using your stomach muscles, not your upper chest. Allow the air to flow out slowly and smoothly. You might well be hyperventilating, so pause for a moment after long exhalations. As you breathe slowly and calmly dangle your arms by your side and imagine any tension flowing out through your hands and feet. Mentally go through each part of your body, relaxing any muscle tension. According to find test answers service this will be much more effective if you have practised muscle relation techniques before the exam.

When you feel ready, slowly, gently, calmly, commence writing again.


Breaks: Your brain is like a muscle, it needs time to recover from activity. If you work it constantly it will become over stressed, so do not exercise it non stop, take days off for sport and social activities. When you are taking a rest engage in activities that take your mind of work. It will be counter productive to use rest periods to brood about exams.

Sleep problems: Leave some space between revision and going to sleep. Do something completely different, so that thoughts about work do not spin around in your head preventing you from relaxing into sleep. If you suffer from insomnia bear in mind that the more you struggle to get to sleep, the harder it is to achieve. A good strategy is to prevent negative associations, by giving yourself about twenty minutes to fall asleep and failing that, getting out of bed for about 10 minutes, doing some undemanding activity and repeating this sequence for as long as it takes. Sometimes sleeping in a different place or position helps.

Try to avoid - late nights studying; alcohol (may initially make you sleepy but when metabolised can wake you up); and caffeine ( a known stimulant). According to studydaddy tired muscles produce soporific secretions, so some mild exercise at bed time might help. Pamper yourself - you deserve it! Eat good nutritious meals, enjoy long relaxing baths, have a mug of hot chocolate before going to bed - in short anything that makes you feel nurtured and cared for.

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