We all deal with stress and pressure in different ways and exam “goblins” are easily identifiable.
They are the students outside the exam hall reciting themes or formulae, talking quickly about all the things they covered (which will sound like a LOT MORE than what you actually did!) and they may be quite jumpy, agitated or nervous. They could even be one of your good mates! Tricky! 🤔
BEFORE THE EXAM
Try to avoid these people if you can. Their behavior will only get you rattled, make you question what you’ve studied and question if you are prepared 🤨. Self-doubt starts to creep in 😫 followed close behind by panic 😱
Go sit in the sun or move to a quieter area, listen to the birds, take some deep breaths, swing your arms, do some stretches. You need to be as relaxed as you can – which is bloody difficult given the situation!
BEFORE YOU START THE EXAM
👍 CHECK - does your desk wobble? Yes? Throw your hand up straight away and get some paper from a supervisor to level it out. Nothing worse than a wobbly writing surface!
👍 Take 3 deep breaths (QUIETLY!). Amazing how deep breathing can still a racing heart!
👍 Use your READING TIME effectively! In Responding and Composing – read ALL the options. The one that catches your eye, that looks the easiest may not necessarily be the case. Check ‘em all.
AFTER THE EXAM
Don’t pay much attention to what others say after the exam. Your answers will NOT be the same as anyone else. And the beauty of English is that there is NEVER JUST ONE answer 😀
Don’t doubt yourself. You did your best! Treat yourself to something nice (mmm…..subway club!) then focus on your next exam!