Imagine walking into exam room and your mind goes blank, your heart increases in beat and beads of sweat fill your face. We call it examination fever.
Have you ever shivered at the imagination of sitting for an exam? If you experience this, then that is great! Count yourself a normal human being. As human beings, we are bound to feel anxious, especially when we are faced with an important task.
Anxiety or stress is not all that bad. Normal levels of anxiety can help you think faster and more effectively.
A certain amount of tension produces some hormones that help you feel alert and more focussed. But too much anxiety can block your memory, cause panic and lead to poor examination performance.
Use the following tips to help you control examination-related anxiety:
Lack of preparation is one of the leading causes of fear. Strengthen your revision skills and begin your revision early.
Fear of examinations is often associated with fear of failure.
Think positively and believe in yourself. Believe that you will pass with distinctions and you will.
Establish a pattern of revision that gives you time to relax. Listen to soft music; engage in physical exercise or any other activity that makes you relax your mind.
Do not try to cram your notes at the last minute. They might evaporate from your brain in the examination room and cause you more panic.
Before you begin a paper, take a deep breath in and a long breath out. In case you are still filled with fear, say a short prayer. Remember examination is bridge to the next level. It is not a cross on which to crucify you.
MANAGING EXAM FEVER