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Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Test and Examination Pressure
- KNOW YOUR MATERIAL
The more confident you are about the topic(s) in your test, the less stress you will feel come exam time. Make sure you stay on top of your school work and homework, and follow up with your teacher if there are things you don’t understand.
Do as many practice test papers as you can and practise, practise, practise. Try to include all question types (eg short answer, essay, multiple choice) and study in the way you will be tested; work out a plan of action so you know how long you are going to allocate to each question type.
- FUEL YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND
In the days leading up to an exam make sure you get enough sleep. Being tired makes it harder to concentrate and remember. Fuel your body and mind by eating well and drinking plenty of water.
- MANAGE THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS
Familiarise yourself with how your body feels when you are stressed. if you get tension in your neck or shoulders, or your heart rate increases, start some relaxation exercises. A good one to try during an exam is to breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds … repeat.
- BE PREPARED ON THE DAY
Make sure you have prepared everything you need for the test the night before. Have a plan for how you are going to get to school on time – including a back-up plan if necessary. Eat a nutritious breakfast and make sure you are hydrated.
Use visualisation techniques to help reduce your stress on the day. Every day prior to the exam, last thing at night and first thing in the morning, visualise yourself calmly walking into the exam room, and completing your exam paper and feeling good about how you did.
- INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK
Throughout the term talk to your parents about what you are studying. The more your parents understand about what you are doing and how you are going along the way, the better they are able to manage their expectations.
- TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT REALISTIC GOALS
Keep talking to your parents about what you want to achieve. Focus more on the learning and developing skills instead of just marks. Involve them in helping you to identify where to concentrate the most effort to achieve your goals.
- UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS
Many students feel like they are not meeting their parents’ expectations. Often this is a result of poor communication about expectations by both parties. Helping your parents understand what your report means may help them to understand what you are actually achieving.
- ASK FOR HELP The most important way to deal with stress is by talking to people and asking for help. Don’t try and go it alone. Your school, teachers, parents and friends are your support structure so keep lines of communication open and let everyone know how you are feeling.