Think about what you’ve already covered and review your study schedule.
If you become distracted while studying, just notice and refocus on the task at hand. Break tasks down into smaller chunks and tackle them one at a time.
Minimise interruptions eg. turn your mobile on silent.
Try not to live on caffeine.
If you like, you can practice slow abdominal breathing whenever you sit down to study.
Inhale in a way that allows your stomach to expand. As you exhale, your stomach should move inward. If you practice this for a minute your body and mind will naturally begin to relax.
You can use this technique in your exams to improve your concentration or calm yourself.
Each day imagine yourself in the exam room, knowing how to answer the questions well.
Make sure you check the date and location of your exams.
Eat well. Have a good breakfast the morning of your exam.
Wear a watch, check your pens etc. and give your self extra time to travel.
Sit apart from the anxious crowd just prior to your exam.
Use self talk to stay focussed. Tell yourself “I’m calm and thinking clearly.”
In the exam room, scan your entire paper, read questions carefully and allocate your time according to marks.
Some anxiety is a cue to cope. If you feel too anxious or blank out for a moment, just take a few slow, deep breaths and remind yourself “Relax. Concentrate. I can easily do this, just one step at a time.”
You can also describe your surroundings for a moment, have a drink of water.
You can take a mental break and then begin again.
Dangle your arms by your sides to promote circulation when resting briefly from writing.