Exams can be stressful, but being prepared can help manage stress and allow you to perform to your best. There are lots of techniques you can try and resources available to make sure you get the most out of your exam study.
As early as possible, find out what topics will be covered in your exam, the type of exam and its conditions. Important details include the duration of the exam and whether it has open book, multiple choice, short answer or essay questions.
You can find information about your exam from a few sources.
In exams with multiple choice questions, often there is not much time for each question, for example one to two minutes. It’s therefore important to be efficient with your time.
Before the exam find out what the exam will cover, how many questions are included and how long you will have. If you can, practise doing exam questions from previous years and time yourself.
During the exam:
To prepare for essay exams:
The first way to reduce any stress, anxiety or nervousness about exams is to be prepared.
There are also a number of strategies you can use to boost your confidence and stay calm.
Counselling and Psychological Services and Disability Services offer advanced techniques and extra support services, including workshops and consultations. Special arrangements, such as a separate room or extra time to sit the exam, can also be arranged if required.