How can you be confident when taking your exams?
When it comes to taking exams. being confident is as important as knowing your stuff. You can be 100% ready in terms of knowledge but lack of confidence may screw up the whole exam!
(Been there done that)
You’ve been tackling questions, re-reading notes, reading some more, asked your teachers for help, etc. You have done everything in your power to pass this exam.
It’s time to raise your confidence levels and not stress over everything and anything just because it’s socially accepted and expected to be stressed during exam periods. This may come as a new idea for you.
Just because everybody else is stressed or appears to be does not mean that you also have to be in that state. It all comes down to this question. When are you most productive; in a stressful state or a confident state?
You can build your confidence by picturing the result, feeling it, hearing it, seeing it and taking massive action towards it, which will lead you to the desired result. Visualization prepares you to overcome any obstacle that may appear during exam day. That might be a tricky question or even the person next to you making too much noise. Prepare mentally for everything and your confidence on the day will be unbeatable!
Emotional Intelligence and Exam Confidence
Through the practice of increasing your emotional intelligence, you can identify, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways. This will help relieve stress, overcome challenges, beat your test anxiety and increase your exam confidence. At any given time, if you feel demotivated, upset, angry or frustrated, try to calm down while focusing on your breathing.
Then ask yourself key questions to identify what the cause of this distressing feeling is. After you’ve calmed down, ask yourself if it’s worth taking further action on this emotion (which could interfere with your steps to achieving your goal—i.e. your studying).
Your WHY will help you see that for most times of discomfort, your goal is bigger than what you are feeling at the time.
Try not to allow external factors to get in the way of your studying. A problem will still be there after your exams. Now it’s time to allow yourself to focus on you. Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, says, “Be more than your moods.” Take control of your emotional state, and your productivity and success rate will increase dramatically.
3 tips to beat your exam anxiety
- Get a good night’s sleep before the exam. Wear comfortable clothing and take all the necessary materials (pens calculators etc).
- As soon as you start, write down important formulas, acronyms and keywords in the margin first so you won’t worry about forgetting them.
- Best tip: Ignore everyone and everything else in the room. Take earplugs!
You are the most complicated computer ever designed.
Without trying to understand all aspects of this you need to trust yourself. Know that once you’ve taken all steps to improve your memory and then endured hours of focused studying, your brain will contain vital information even when not actively thinking about it. So during exams it will pop up “out of nowhere” only that out of nowhere is actually your magnificent brain, with the majestic power of remembering almost everything.
Conor McGregor, UFC Featherweight Champion, illustrates this in an excellent manner: “What you focus on affects your actions. Because focusing your thoughts on something you don’t want will actually invite that very thing into your life, whether you intended to or not.”
For example, focusing on not passing the exam will probably lead you to not think of ways to solve a question, which in turn will bring the undesired result of failing. McGregor, again, states that: “If you have a clear picture in your head that something is going to happen and a clear belief that it will happen no matter what then nothing can stop it. It is destined to happen. It’s perfect.”
Believe in yourself, picture your goal, and go get it!
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