Managing Exam Nerves
If you’re nervous about exams, then you’re in good company because a lot of people are in the same position. It may be that you just don’t like exams (like me!) or are nervous because it’s a long time since you last sat one. Here are some hints and tips for handling exam nerves. You won’t find that everything helps you, but you may find some things that do.
If you have big problems with exam nerves, as opposed to ‘butterflies in the stomach’ that most people have, it can be useful to try and find out why. This can help to focus your thoughts on how best to handle the problem. For many, the problem is the fear of failure.
Handling exam nerves
Try the following to help you cope with exam nerves:
1. Think briefly about the consequences of failure. Would it be that terrible?
2. Can you simply take the exam again if it all goes wrong?
3. Is it likely that you’ll fail – how well do you know the method? If you think there’s a likelihood of failure, use that energy to learn more; try not to waste it in worry.
4. Are your thoughts dominated by pictures of someone telling you that you’ve failed? If so, spend a bit of time visualising someone telling you that you’ve passed.
5. Visualise success, not failure. Develop a strong mental picture of you passing and having the certificate in your hand with your name on it. Attach other dimensions such as how you’ll feel and what others will say. This can work to build confidence and help you to be positive.
6. If you tend ...