Use these steps to help you be the best you can during your exam.
1. Get the equipment you need ready the night before
2. Have a good breakfast
If you’re feeling nervous, it’s normal to think about skipping breakfast as you don’t feel hungry, but it’s really important that you have something to eat.
Great breakfast combinations include cereal with semi-skimmed milk, eggs, toast with jam, porridge and oats to give you energy and help you feel alert.
3. Arrive in plenty of time
4. Remember – anxiety is normal
Feeling a bit anxious before you start your exam can actually make you perform that little bit better.
5. Keep away from others who are stressed or seem over-confident
Remember, you’ve done all you could to prepare.
6. Go to the loo before the exam starts
7. Do some relaxation or breathing exercises before going into the exam
Practice the following breathing technique sitting or standing, with your eyes open or closed, on your way into the exam hall or even just before you begin:
- Inhale through your nose gently for two seconds
- Hold your breath in for one second
- Breathe out through your mouth slowly for four seconds
- Repeat this process for one minute, or however long you feel necessary, to help you feel calm and more relaxed
8. Take in a bottle of water and tissues
9. Don’t panic! Pace yourself
It’s common for your mind to go blank at first and it’s easy to start to panic, but you can do this!
10. Pause for a few moments, slow down your breathing and let your body relax. Then refocus
11. PHEW! Pat yourself on the back. Don’t worry how it’s gone- it's over and you can put it behind you
12. Walk out and move on!
how to get help
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