To manage exams well, you need to stay at the peak of your functioning capacity. Too much stress can spoil your performance, but we all need a certain amount of adrenalin in our bodies to take on the challenges ahead.
Here are some pre-exam tips for improving your performance
Plan your revision in advance by listing achievable targets and tick them off when completed.
Practise deep breathing and relaxation techniques before the exam.
Don’t let your mind wander into catastrophic thoughts like "I can't understand this author", " I'm going to fail this paper" or "I'm not going to pass my degree".
Make time for fun, but avoid alcohol or drugs, as they can affect your memory and de-skill you. Avoid going straight to bed after revision, otherwise you may have difficulty sleeping with thoughts rushing around your brain.
Use active learning techniques like summarizing as you go along and asking yourself questions as you read.
Make sure you stay in touch with sympathetic friends and family: having someone to offload your problems to can help.
Avoid coffee late at night, which may over-stimulate and increase feelings of anxiety.
Here are some more tips on avoiding exam stress:
Try to work to a revision timetable - start planning well before exams begin - your teacher should be able to help you with this.
Make your books, notes and essays more user-friendly with summary notes, headings, sub-headings, highlighting and revision cards. Try using key words or spider charts. Get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends - do what works for you.
Everyone revises differently - find out what routine suits you best - alone or with a friend; morning or late at night; short, sharp bursts or longer revision sessions.
Take notes of important points when revising as an aid for future revision or if you need to clarify something with a teacher. Try explaining the answers to tricky questions to someone else, or look at past exam papers and try answering some of the questions.
Ask for help if there are things you don't understand. If you're feeling stressed out, talk to someone.
Leave revision to the last minute.
Avoid revising subjects you don't like or find difficult.
Forget that there is a life beyond revision and exams.
Cram all night before an exam.