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Your 12 Steps To Get You Through Exam Day

Use these steps to help you be the best you can during your exam.
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1. Get the equipment you need ready the night before
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2. Have a good breakfast
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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 low fat milk, eggs, toast with jam, porridge and oats to give you energy and help you feel alert.

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3. Arrive in plenty of time
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4. Remember – anxiety is normal
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Feeling a bit anxious before you start your exam can actually make you perform that little bit better.

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5. Keep away from others who are stressed or seem over-confident
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Remember, you’ve done all you could to prepare.

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6. Go to the loo before the exam starts
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7. Do some relaxation or breathing exercises before going into the exam
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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:

  1. Inhale through your noise gently for two seconds
  2. Hold your breath in for one second
  3. Breathe out through your mouth slowly for four seconds
  4. Repeat for one minute, or however long you feel necessary, to help you feel calm and more relaxed

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8. Take in a bottle of water and tissues
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9. Don’t panic! Pace yourself
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It’s common for your mind to go blank at first and it’s easy to start to panic, but you can do this!

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10. Pause for a few moments, slow down your breathing and let your body relax. Then refocus
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11. PHEW! Pat yourself on the back. Don’t worry how it’s gone
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12. Walk out and move on!
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