Being tense due to an exam is not necessarily a bad thing. The tension helps you stay focused and perform better. This is called healthy stress. But some people suffer from so much tension that the stress becomes too much for them. We call this exam stress. Exam stress is also known as exam fear or anxiety.
Our 10 TIPS for Exam Stress:
- Be rested, a good night’s sleep contributes to good concentration.
- Eat and drink well before the exam. If you are hungry or thirsty, you will be distracted and unable to concentrate properly.
- Practise the exams and know what to expect; how does the exam work? Is it a written or digital exam? How many questions and time do I get?
- Do you have all the necessary things with you? ID, etc. Make a list that clarifies what items you should and should not bring. Take your TIME during the exam! It is not a competition of who finishes first.
- Inform the exam supervisor that you are very stressed, they will always try to take this into account when possible.
- If you are in doubt about a question, don’t worry and simply SKIP this question for now!
- Breathe deeply, holding your breath in for a few seconds and then let it out for a few seconds! It helps you relax.
- Think positively. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Was your exam unexpectedly difficult last time? Then perhaps it will be unexpectedly easy next time!
- Distraction: there’s no point in drilling information into your head just before the exam. There’s a good chance that you will be so stressed that you won’t be able to remember anything or that you will experience even more stress during your exam, because you know that you’ve just seen it, but don’t know the answer anyway. So, don’t do it! Take a short walk, put your phone in the car, etc.