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General Exam advice... - January 14th 2009, 12:50 PM

So i'm terrible with exams. I get really really nervous, for about a month before...to the point i cant eat or sleep properly. My grades normally come out ok, but not as good as they could.

I sit in flexi for my exam....basically a seperate room with just a few people up to about 10... which helps a bit.

So what advice do people have? To calm me down and things. And to lesson exam pressure?


   
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Re: General Exam advice... - January 14th 2009, 01:31 PM

It always helps to have a bottle of water & some tissues by your side in the exam room - if your allowed.

If not then stick to water in between your exams. Try not to think about the future, think about the present & keep an eye on the clock.

Make sure you have enough time to finish,& check your work, but make sure you dont finish half an hour early, because you will just panic. & sit there worried.

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Re: General Exam advice... - January 14th 2009, 06:17 PM

Hey! I agree with the advice up there. Also, maybe you could talk to your teacher about the exam? Maybe he/she could re assure you or give advice about what you should work on before the exam. Knowing the teachers are behind you can really help with any anxiety you might have. Also, try and remember that it has always turned out good before, so, you have nothing to worry about. Make sure you study until you feel ready as well. If you have doubts, look things over until they are gone. :] I hope this helped. Take care.

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Re: General Exam advice... - January 14th 2009, 08:47 PM

I'd like to take this opportunity to slip in here and link you to this marvelous article: Testing Times: Coping with Exams. Hopefully you'll find that somewhat helpful--the Articles working group spent a lot of time on it, and I know we're all pleased with it, so yeah, check it out if you get the chance! Best of luck on your exams, too. I'm sure you'll do just fine!



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Re: General Exam advice... - January 15th 2009, 10:02 AM

Thanks for the advice, and thanks for the link katrina...I'm normally good at pacing out my time...but i always come out the exam thinking i'm failing...


   
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Re: General Exam advice... - January 15th 2009, 10:07 AM

I've always found past papers to be good for checking time allocation since you can see which questions deserve the most time based upon how many marks they are worth.

In the exam room itself having a drink of water is a good suggestion and I like to have a packet of mints such as polos if your school allows it of course. Checking through the paper and answering any easy questions is a good start but don't get freaked out if they look hard. Afterwards answer the ones worth most marks.

Setting aside the left hand side of the paper or the first page is good for jotting down anything that randomly comes to you but be sure to cross this out before you finish!
   
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