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How To Build Your Exam Confidence

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

It goes without saying that the examination period is very stressful for students; after all, doing well in your exams and getting good marks will help you get into the university or job of your choice. But this amount of significance can be very daunting for many people, which is why it is important that you build up your exam confidence.

A lot of students become very anxious around this time because their results are so important. However, this can lead to students “cooking” themselves and consequently failing to perform to their potential.  Fortunately, by developing some exam confidence you can overcome these nerves and tackle that exam to the best of your abilities.

Building your exam confidence requires a bit of time, effort and preparation. Start by planning out your exam schedule, and months in advance – not the day before. Like everything in life, preparation is vital to success, as the old adage goes: “fail to prepare – prepare to fail.” Make sure you know where your examinations are, the material and stationary you are required to bring with you, and – most importantly – WHEN the exam is. If it is 9AM exam, make sure you set your alarm and give yourself enough time to get there in time. Ideally you want to get to the examination hall 15 minutes before the exam begins.

Make sure that you have definitely understood the term’s curriculum; revise with your class-mates to make sure you have got everything right, and that you haven’t missed or misunderstood anything. Don’t be afraid to contact your lecturers or teachers – they will be happy to speak to you about any questions you may have.

Doing ongoing revision throughout the year will actually make things easier when it comes to exam time. Even if it is just a re-read over your lecture notes in the evenings, this can help to consolidate what you have been taught and address any weaker areas of your knowledge.

Consider how you plan to answer the questions. Think about key things such as: What are the key words that I have to include; how will I structure my answer?  Do mock exams to practice your exam technique. It is also important to make sure you are actually answering the question!

You can also try positive self-talk strategies such as telling yourself “I can do this”, “I know this”, to reduce anxiety and boost confidence

Most of all, however, once you are confident that you have suitably prepared for your exam then you will be able to reduce your exam nerves and tackle the test the best possible way.

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