By Luke Scrutton
Experiencing exam anxiety is normal. As long as the levels of anxiety or stress do not overwhelm you it can be beneficial. Normal levels of anxiety can aid your performance.
Anxiety can cause:
Causes of Anxiety
Take some time to think about why you might be feeling anxious. Once you understand what is causing your anxiety you are better able to reduce its effects. There are lots of causes of anxiety and stress where exams are concerned:
Reducing Exam Anxiety
If you are a bit of a worrier by nature or had bad experiences in past exams your levels of anxiety can be reduced by making an early start of your revision. Six to eight weeks before the exam is probably soon enough. Take enough time to do yourself justice. Remember revision is just that- it is about seeing something again and refreshing your knowledge. It is not about new work. If you have worked at a steady pace throughout the year revision should be straight forward. As you revise you will see that you know than you thought you did. This will help reduce your levels of anxiety and stress.
Before the Exams
It is only natural and perfectly normal to feel anxious before exams get under way. Remember, everybody will feel similar emotions. Even top performers in the world of entertainment feel very anxious before their performance. You are therefore in good company!
Planning your revision timetable will help you. Make your plan and stick to it ! Read our blog on revision for tips .https://genietutors.co.uk/the-importance-of-revision/
Take Proper Breaks
Studying 24/7 is not a good idea. You will become exhausted long before the actual exams. Instead try to divide your days into 180 minute slots. Three of these slots gives you a 9 hour day. Revise for one slot, rest for the next slot and revise for the final slot. Try to take one day a week off – no revision at all!
Try to keep up with your other activities. It is important that you get the balance between study and leisure. Avoid anything that promises ‘unlimited energy’. There is no such thing and having too much caffeine in you system could be detrimental to your sleeping.
Try to exercise regularly. Swimming, Jogging, Football etc will help take your mind of study and your exams and reduce anxiety. There are also a number of simple meditation techniques that can help you relax and reduce your levels of anxiety. The following link provides some useful information and simple techniques.
Panic the Night Before
Sometimes you have been feeling calm during your revision period. Then panic sets in the night before.
Panic Attacks During the Exam
If, as you sit at your desk, you start to feel the panic rise, what can you do?
How Can I Get Help?
You can talk to Genie Tutors.
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