Time limits, confusing questions, stuffy exam halls. It’s easy to understand why many of us feel stressed or overwhelmed at the thought of having to sit an exam. Feeling stressed and anxious before an exam is expected and feeling nervous is a natural emotion.
Lots of people will find these feelings a motivator and a way to focus on the task, but some of us will find the pressure overwhelming. You’re not alone – we’ve all felt those exam butterflies and sweaty palms.
We asked the Hypnotherapy Directory Team about their exam experiences, and here are our top tips to help you get through this difficult and stressful few weeks.
Becky, Marketing Communications Executive
I would always put so much pressure on myself for exams – I could work myself up to the point of tears. The best thing I could do to regain control was to give myself a stern talking to. “You are going to get through this, and in (45 mins/2 days/3 weeks) it will all be over.”
Visualising myself walking out of the exam room, or handing over that final project was a good way to calm me down and to keep me focused on the end goal.
Amy, Graphic Designer
I always had such bad nerves and it meant that I would always struggle to sleep the night before an exam. I find that having everything prepared the night before (right down to what socks I’m going to wear) helps. By doing that, it means my brain can be free of trivial things and just focus on remembering the important things.
Ellen, Marketing Communications Executive
I think one thing that helped me was to just accept that you only know as much as you know. After that, I calmed down a bit as the pressure was off!
Eating beforehand is also a good tip – there’s nothing worse than worrying about a tummy-rumble to make the exam seem even more horrid. Oh, and always remember to check the back page!
Here are a few more helpful tips to tackle exam stress:
(And remember, it’s not much longer until summer!)
How do you combat exam nerves? Let us know in the comments below!