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Stress management

Managing stress is important. You can minimize stress by being prepared before an exam and not leaving your study till the last minute. Maintaining physical fitness is important, with regular meals, sleep, exercise and relaxation.

Stress management in exams

  • Relax - avoid panicking. Panicking accelerates heart rate, sweating, fast breathing and destroys short term memory. This makes it harder to recall information and increases the panic factor, thereby turning it into a cycle.
  • Breathe. Long, slow, deep breaths help to calm you physically and mentally.
  • Positive thinking. Tell yourself you can!
  • Focus on the task at hand. Do each part one at a time. Don't think about one large exam, but 10 small questions.
  • Plan time for each question - ask yourself what is the examiner looking for in the answer.
  • Answer the questions in the sequence that is easiest for you.
  • Leave time at the end for reviewing your answers.

Successful exams

Success in exams can be increased by being prepared. By employing regular and active revision techniques, more information will easily pass into your long term memory and this will help you to identify the areas on which you need to focus.

Good luck.



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