Too many people share the experience of knowing they are well-prepared for a test only to find they cannot remember anything once they sit down to begin the exam. The situation gets more frustrating from there for the test taker as all he or she often gets from their struggle to remember what they have learned is sweaty palms and an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of their stomach. Fortunately, there are simple tips that may help sufferers of test anxiety.
A Good Night Sleep
Cramming the night before a test does not normally result in good test results. Not sleeping the night before the exam will also make you feel more nervous. You should aim for nine to 10 hours of sleep the night before an important exam. This will pay more dividends to you than going over notes again and again until the sun comes up.
A good, nutritious breakfast will do wonders for your mood and energy levels. It may also be a good idea to take a snack or two to the test site if the test is one that will take you a few hours. You should eat food that will provide you with nutrition over time and not simply provide a sugar rush that will lead to a crash later.
Be an Early Bird
There is nothing like the feeling of being rushed to make you feel more anxious. Your packing and preparation should be done the night before the exam. This will allow you to leave home earlier on the morning of the test.
You should make it a habit to expect success and good things. Pack a favorite photo in the bag you will take to the test with you. Also, come up with your own mantra to repeat to yourself if you begin to feel anxious.
Read Directions Well
Take a moment to carefully read all directions before beginning an exam. Not only will this ensure you know what is expected of you, but it will also give you something to concentrate on while you calm your nerves. You will not feel very well about the rest of the test if you discover you have spent the first portion of the exam performing functions that were not asked of you.
Sitting for a major exam can at times be intimidating. This is a natural occurrence and does not have to be a determining factor as to how well you do on the test. The five tips above are a great way to calm your nerves on test day and ensure you are able to do your best.