Question : I often get nervous one day right before exams. I get anxious and am unable to recall properly what all I have learnt. Please guide me.
Thanks for reaching us and sharing your concerns. I can understand your concern and I appreciate that you have come out of your comfort zone to seek advice.
While it’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous before a test, some students find test anxiety overwhelming. Racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, or feelings of dread can combine with physical symptoms like a fast heartbeat, headache, or nausea. You’re not alone! Here’s what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.
1. Be prepared: If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test.
2. Get a good sleep: Having adequate rest (9–10 hours per night) is likely to be more beneficial than rereading a text until next early morning.
3. Fuel up: Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack smart snacks for ongoing energy. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients.
4. Keep a positive attitude: Use positive self talks like,“I can do this” or “I have worked hard and deserve this”. Recite this, right before the test begins.
5. Read carefully: Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. Slowing down can help you stay focused.
6. Keep an eye on clock: Realizing that time is almost up and there are lots of test questions left can make it hard to do anything useful in those final minutes. Mentally allocate how much time you’ll spend on each section. If there’s time to recheck, even better.
7. Focus on yourself: Pay attention to your own test and pace, and forget about the other students in the room.
Whatever your level of anxiety, learning to reduce it is very important to study effectively for a test. Hope this helps, if you have any other query do connect online for chat between 11am-8pm or drop us an offline message.