Exam anxiety

Almost everyone feels nervous before an exam. Fluttering in the stomach and worrying thoughts - Will I be able to answer the questions? Have I done enough revision? - are indications of exam nerves that are probably familiar to all students.

In fact, a certain amount of nervous tension probably helps us perform to the best of our ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps us to feel alert and focused. But too much anxiety can block thoughts, create a negative frame of mind, and lead to panic and potentially poor exam performance.

There are a number of things you can do to help manage exam anxiety and turn uncomfortable, panicky thoughts into more creative tension.

Student taking an exam