By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
Examinations periods are usually very stressful. Students rarely don’t know what to expect. Those who suffer as a result of exam anxiety are liable to have low grades.
A little anxiety is enough to cripple your academic performance; some students become overwhelmed by the situation to the extent that they forget what they have learnt. Exam fear or exam anxiety can strike few days before the d-day. But good study habits can do the magic.
Good study habits are powerful keys for overcoming examination fear. Paying attention in the class and avoiding last minute ‘cramming’ can be of great help.
Relax your mind and body. Ensure you take enough sleep, engage yourself with enough exercises and eat well. Healthier people achieve examination success.
Meet your teachers or instructors and asked them areas of concentration- this will help you to have an idea of what to expect on the d-day.
Practice self-talk; create a mantra that will help in calming your test anxiety. Repeat the positive self-talk as often as possible. Dismiss any negative thought or emotions that come to your mind. Promise yourself you are going to be successful in the examinations.
If you have studied well, make sure you take good night sleep a night before the examinations. You can try to distract yourself with a good book or a television show.