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  • No matter how prepared you are for the exam,

  • you can't help but feel some anxiety.

  • You know like the butterflies in your stomach and potentially forgetting everything.

  • Feeling some anxiety is normal as your body releases adrenaline in times of stress

  • which actually triggers your "fight-or-flight" response.

  • So here are some scientific tips to help you beat that exam anxiety.

  • Exam anxiety is epidemic among students worldwide.

  • One study found that out of 1300 people questioned

  • 96% say that they've experienced exam anxiety at some point in their lives.

  • And this is a problem because another study found that

  • students who were deemed "highly anxious" perform 12% worse on the exam

  • than those who were slightly anxious or not anxious at all.

  • Exam anxiety, like all anxiety, is a spectrum,

  • meaning that there's all sorts of symptoms in varying levels of feelings.

  • Some people may just feel their heart beating a little bit

  • while others are completely debilitated with nausea and vomiting before every exam.

  • Getting at least 6 hours of sleep is crucial before an exam.

  • Making sure you're well rested will give you the confidence to face the challenge at hand.

  • Pulling an all-nighter is a huge no no when it comes to your brain having the ability to succeed.

  • Mitch, did you see Nikki slaying Miley ... are... you gonna sleep?

  • I need a solid 6 hours before my exam!

  • Studies have actually shown that who has a balanced diet up to one week before an exam

  • actually performed better than those who have a high meat or high protein diet.

  • I have seriously been studying so much. it's like eat, sleep like Hollison.

  • Hey, here's your lunch by the way.

  • Ohhh, thanks!

  • What's glucose?

  • In fact, it's best to have a breakfast that's high in fiber and high in carbohydrates

  • so the energy is released slowly and your brain doesn't crash in the exam.

  • Losing your energy quickly means losing your concentration

  • which means you might start to panic when you can't even answer the easy questions.

  • Name.

  • What's my name?

  • Oh god what's the date?

  • Positive self-imagery has been known to boost confidence and lower exam anxiety.

  • But, it only works if you set yourself realistic goals.

  • I will get at least an 80% on this exam.

  • I will not fart during the test.

  • And I will have a banana for lunch.

  • Now, we're not telling you to lower your expectations

  • but it's not mentally healthy to expect a 100% on all of your exams.

  • So, while feeling confident for an exam is important

  • it's essential that you keep your feet planted on the ground.

  • To help destress, trying picture yourself in a happy moment whatever that might be

  • and then quickly switch to imagining yourself in the exam room.

  • I'm on a boat with whales around me.

  • Humpback fin whales!

  • Hector, even a blue whale.

  • One comes up to me and lets me pat it.

  • And he playfully splashes me and winks.

  • He loves me and I'm one with him.

  • Also, Glycine, alanine, valine, leucine are all nonpolar assets and this is how you drop them in an exam.

  • This helps your brain to associate those happy feelings with writing the exam and primes you to be ready.

  • In addition, before the exam, trying picture quesitons that you already studied the answers to

  • so that will boost your confidence going in.

  • Speaking of priming, it's important that you familiarize yourself with the exam room.

  • If the exam room isn't your classroom, make sure you take a short field trip there few days before.

  • This will also ensure you aren't late.

  • By seeing the setting beforehand, it will help your brain be at ease during the exam

  • Help you feel more confident and perform better.

  • Wow, hopefully you have a good circle of friends and study buddies you can work with.

  • There's always that one Debbie Downer on the group that kind of lower your self-confidence.

  • This combine with your past experience on the exams which might not have always been good,

  • can low your self-confidence moving into the exam.

  • A helpful trick is to write down these insecurities on a piece of paper,

  • and then right below them write down a rebuttal which makes you feel confident,

  • then crumpled that paper and throw it away.

  • People say I have a bad memory,

  • but I have never forgotten somebody's birthday.

  • This can help you build confidence before a test.

  • And these symbolic gestures are actually effective.

  • One study found that anxious students who wrote down their worries before a test

  • did better than those who didn't.

  • Hopefully these scientific tips will help you go into your exam

  • with confidence and feel like much less anxious.

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No matter how prepared you are for the exam,

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    Vivi Lee posted on 2015/10/06
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