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Monday, 7 November 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 17

HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR OWN ABILITIES

During the stressful exam period one should have a positive attitude and mind-set regarding studying. It is important to believe in yourself and your own abilities. You should study and write exams with confidence. Lack of self-confidence can lead to unnecessary stress which will affect your performance negatively. Do not focus on how little you think you know, or how poorly your previous test or exam went. You should not let this distract you from being successful. Certain things are beyond your control, and parents should also understand this. To rather encourage and motivate students than to dishearten them if they do not receive the desired marks. 

This does not mean that you do not need to work on getting good grades, even if you are confident in yourself you should always strive to do your best. Success builds on success, and the more successful you are the more confident you will become in yourself and challenges that are out of your comfort zone will also be approached with much more ease than before.

If you do suffer from anxiety due to a number of possible reasons, it might be best to first determine the source of your anxiety. Is it rational? If you did not study for a test or exam, the fear of failure will be a logical response. If you have studied a few weeks in advance for the test/exam and have done everything you could to prepare for it, you do not need to fear it. You can try various methods to relieve stress such as meditation, breathing exercises or even seeing a psychologist if it is necessary.

Do not overreact. It is just a test or exam. Don’t forget that you are a human being and can only do so much in one day. Do not forget to look after your human needs such as eating or sleeping when stressed for the exams.

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