Handling final exam pressure
It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious due to the pressure of writing final exams. However, stress shouldn’t get in the way of you doing your best and getting good results. Here’s how to not let exam pressure get to you.
Try to be more positive
Try to avoid thinking about failing or focusing on everything that’s not going right. When these thoughts creep up on you, choose to think about the things that are going your way. It’s also a good idea to look at inspirational quotes and messages that lift your spirit and surround yourself with positive people who aren’t always focused on negative events.
Focus on the present
We can’t control what happens in the future or change the past, but we can choose to focus on the present moment. This means choosing to focus your efforts on studying and doing your best in your upcoming papers, rather than thinking about mistakes you made throughout the year.
Be realistic when setting your goals and expectations. Look at your current marks and abilities and set goals that are achievable for you. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t aim high or be ambitious, it just means being able to be honest with yourself about your capabilities in each subject.
Talk to someone
Confiding in someone you trust can help you get things off your chest and get some clarity. Sometimes things seem worse than they actually are in our heads, which is why it helps to talk to someone and get advice. You could also take up journaling to help you express yourself and work through stressors as they arise.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, Choma. This year has been a difficult one for everyone and it’s completely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed and concerned about your academic performance. It’s no secret that the time lost due to the pandemic could have made a difference, but know that giving it your all is enough and if your results don’t satisfy you, there’s an opportunity for you to try again next year.
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