Most people experience some degree of anxiety about exams, whether it's academic or a driving exam. Whilst a certain amount of exam stress is and can be used as a motivating force, it is important to keep on top of exam anxiety. The best way to do this is to be organised.
What not to do
Don't drink too much coffee, tea and fizzy drinks; the caffeine will 'hype' you and make your thinking less clear. Also don't over do the revision, take regular breaks and stop revising at least an hour before going to bed.
What can help
It is important to learn some stress reduction techniques as well as using specific study tips for revision.
- Create an time table of what you want to revise and break each subject down into manageable chunks.
- Do it with a friend or a family member.
- Ask your tutors for practice questions/past papers.
- Set definite start and finish times for your revision sessions and have a clear goal for each session.
- Aim to break your revision sessions up with five minutes break every half hour.
- Use active revision techniques to make the best use of your revision time.
- Build a system of regular review into your revision, checking what you know and what you don't know.
- Develop a technique for question analysis and planning answers to use in the exam.
- Practise making plans and answering questions under timed conditions.
- Plan how you will use your time in the exams before-hand.
How Hypnotherapy can help
Using self hypnosis and hypnotherapy to help boost confidence can lower anxiety, which helps with concentration and motivation. The CD can help with relaxation, and if you create your own, you can also add in things you may need to remember too. I made a relaxation CD when I was doing A level Maths and Physics of all the equations and planted suggestions for relaxation in amoungst them and would go off to sleep with a mix of the two going through my head, and it helped me remember some of the more complicated mathematics.
As far as driving exams are concerned, hypnotherapy can help in a number of ways.
- It can help eliminate past bad experiences.
- It can redirect and lower the anxiety.
- Using visualisation of how you want it to be, can help prepare the brain to do well.
- It can increase one's concentration.
If you are coming up for an exam, don't leave it too late, many people think one session will be enough, but it's much more effective if you can do at least 4 or 5 sessions, so if you know you're going to have the exam on a particular date, make sure you book with a hypnotherapist sooner than later, and make sure you pass with flying colours.