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Exam Anxiety

The best way to avoid exam anxiety is to be well prepared, here’s how:

  • Find out the date, time and location of the exam
  • Find out what material will be covered in the exam
  • What percentage of the mark is based on the exam
  • How long is the exam
  • Which types of questions are on the exam, eg.  multiple choice, short answers, essays?
  • What can you take in the exam, eg. Calculator, phone?
  • Will there be penalty for wrong answers?
  • Motivate yourself
  • Make your own notes in advance
  • Revise often
  • Do practice tests

Overcoming exam anxiety

  • Sit down, get your notes out and start revising
  • You need to be able to write quickly in exams, so practice speed -writing in timed conditions with a good pen in hand
  • Keep a check on your mental well-being, allow time for relaxation and reward yourself after a session of productive study, have a nice meal or a social drink
  • Avoid talking about the exam subject in the morning of the exam

Start early

  • Avoid last minute exam cramming
  • Go over class notes, course work and notes made from text books
  • Revise your notes regularly
  • Write down questions from your revision
  • Avoid memorising, understand the concepts

Useful Tips

Some useful tips to help you sleep when the stress of revision is keeping you awake

  • Take a warm bath
  • Drink warm milk
  • Get a massage
  • Air your bedroom
  • Drink herbal tea
  • Close your eyes and imagine somewhere peaceful
  • Take deep breaths
  • Wiggle your toes
  • Don’t nap in the daytime
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
  • Avoid illuminated clocks

How to study

  • Make up a revision timetable ahead of time and stick to it
  • Work out when you study best, is it early in the morning, at night?
  • Motivate yourself to study and revise regularly at the time of day you study best
  • Test yourself regularly against past exam papers
  • Take regular breaks, exercise, go for a walk, watch your favourite show
  • Healthy body, healthy mind. Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep to ensure your mind is sharp and will absorb your revision much more effectively

How to revise

  • Draw diagrams and pictures
  • Make tables of your notes
  • Mind mapping or brainstorms are good too- write down a subject heading in the middle of the page and then add branches to structure the detail of your subject notes
  • Organise group revision sessions to iron out any misunderstandings about the content you are revising, often a quick discussion will clear up doubts you may have about your revision topic
  • Talk out loud to test what you have learnt in a study session

Strategy for making notes

  • Working from your text book, identify headings, and main ideas
  • Highlight key points, re read points and relate to information you already know
  • Summarise and write the information in your own words
  • Write down questions and answers to ensure you understand the material
  • Take the questions you can’t answer to class and ask your teacher to help you

Learner Support

Learner support can assist you with:

  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Numeracy
  • English as a second language
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing skills
  • Communication skills.

Depending on your needs, learner support can be provided:

  • At our 'drop-in' or flexible learning centres
  • In small groups
  • As one-to-one tuition.



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