Here’s 4 quick & simple ways:
You will take many exams in your lifetime. If you are feeling particularly nervous about one, just keep in mind that there will be many more exams in your future. One grade will not define your life. Success is a long process that will be measured by the overall dedication you put in. And in any case, IQ is only one part of overall life success. A large part of overall happiness also depends on Emotional Intelligence and grit, both of which are neither taught nor tested on at school or University.
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to keep in mind. Starting early, by just doing something small to revise will help you avoid last minutes cramming. Last minute memorising is neither productive nor helpful for the actual exam, as it increases your risk of not feeling ready nor relaxed on the day. Plus, under stress we are highly likely to forget what we’ve only studied quickly and superficially. So, a few weeks (or at least several days if you’re really running late!) before the exam, set aside some time to start organising your notes, and laying out all the material you will need to learn. By revising consistently, you’ll have nothing to worry about!
Getting help from friends, family and tutors will help you learn and also make you feel supported, and therefore less overwhelmed. It’s great to be independent and do the majority of your work on your own, but getting a bit of help could go a long way. Especially if you have a particular topic you are struggling with: asking someone to explain it to you will lessen your stress but also increase your chance of getting a good mark.
Feeling ready and relaxed during an exam isn’t only about the academic preparation. It’s also about allowing your body and mind to feel ready. This means that putting aside some time for fresh air, exercise, as well as eating healthy, tasty food and getting a good night sleep, will all play a crucial part in how ready, relaxed and able to concentrate you are. Some foods that help concentration include: salmon, eggs, blueberries and bananas.
(Original article on ubertutors.co.uk.)