How to manage exam stress

Most people taking exams feel anxious at least part of the time. The studying and sitting the exam itself can all contribute to feeling stressed. However, it is possible to take control of these feelings and manage the worry caused by taking exams. Although a little bit of stress can be beneficial, too much can create negative feelings and emotions, along with physical symptoms that may include nausea and headaches.

Stress can be a problem when you are studying for your CeMAP exam, but taking action now can prevent it becoming a problem.

Remove the pressure

Rather than worry about failing your exam, take control of your situation and manage your training in a realistic and achievable way. Don’t let anyone else place you under pressure to do well; you are studying for your own achievement, not theirs. Consider the likelihood that you will fail. If you complete the training and put in the required hours of study, you should pass without any problem. If you know that you aren’t studying as much as you should, or you are experiencing difficulty with the course, arrange to speak to a tutor. Think about the worst thing that could happen if you fail – you will be able to take the exam again at a later date, and this time you will be prepared.

Stress management

Once you know what your training will entail, sit down and create a plan of action. Decide when you will study and how much time you will spend at each session. Rather than plan long periods of study, which will be draining, plan small amounts of regular learning so that you never feel overloaded with information. Regular sessions of training will make it easier to absorb the information and help you to retain it. Create your training timetable and display it where it will be visible. Stick to the schedule, and don’t make excuses to do other tasks so that you can avoid your study session. Don’t forget to plan in some free time and treats to help you on your way.

Maximise your health

Consider improving your diet and exercise routine prior to and during your planned study period. Eat regular small meals to maintain blood sugar levels, while drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will keep your body hydrated – something that is believed to improve memory function. Don’t be tempted to stay up at night studying. Go to bed at a reasonable time, so you feel refreshed and ready to work the next day. Always keep in mind that you can re-sit the exam and that professional help is available.



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