Anxiety, the enemy of students

Do you often feel sick before an exam, short of breath, tightness in your chest or tachycardia? Nerves and anxiety can play tricks on us because they interfere with our ability to concentrate and pay attention. One remedy is sport, which is good for concentration.

Anxiety is often an element that makes it difficult to take tests, and some people even talk about 'going blank'. Indeed, the emotional state affects, so it is important to use some technique to help control the level of anxiety. "Learning and practising deep breathing, focusing on positive thoughts (the relationship between what we think and our emotional state is reciprocal) or not drinking stimulant drinks are some easy measures to keep anxiety at bay.

If you notice that you feel uneasy and very nervous, try relaxation exercises. Take long, deep breaths. Controlling your breathing helps to calm your nerves, especially when you are in class waiting for your exam paper.

It is also useful to dedicate the hours before the test to some activity that relaxes you, instead of rushing until the last minute trying to memorise or review the content," suggests the expert. The key is to try to relax and distract your mind before the exam. You can read a book, take a walk, exercise or do whatever you like to forget about the exam for a moment and clear your head.

Finally, Pousada concludes that emotionally linking assessments to a self-demonstration of acquired knowledge can help make exam time more rewarding.

It is important that you know how to stay calm. Don't let fear get the better of you. If you have studied and prepared for the exam, there is no reason to worry.

And now, when you have the exam in front of you... Take a deep breath and read the exam slowly. Don't be in a hurry. You have time to do it, so pay attention to the questions so that you don't make mistakes.

Finally, keep a positive attitude and show everything you know, even if you have learned it in the last 24 hours. The die is cast!


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