The closer the time of the exam comes, the greater the fear of the exam. You can still learn so much and know so much, in an exam situation in the university one is almost always characterized by nervousness. That’s not bad. On the contrary, nervousness even increases your performance. It is only a disadvantage if nervousness turns into panic or test anxiety. Below you will find useful tips on how to use the time of the exam as effectively as possible, even in spite of nervousness.
What to do if a blackout threatens the exam?
Once you sit in the exam, it can happen that you can not properly focus on the tasks. In this case, a so-called mental cheat sheet is a great help. This will save you from unnecessary thoughts during your time at work. Instead, it helps you focus on editing the test.
Write down phrases that guide your focus before the exam and read through the phrases just before the test. Afterwards, you can post it to you during the exam time. You should not get the slip out during the exam.
An example: “That’s it – the exam. I stay calm. I write all the technical terms that I can not remember so well on the back. Already, I feel safer. I read through task 1. Only then do I take care of the other tasks. I can not think of task 1. That’s not bad. I’ll stay calm and think again … “.
In this mental coaching it is of utmost importance that the “cheat sheet” is individually designed. You have enough time before the test to consider which sentences and supports are useful to you. In order for you to actually benefit from this method, you must ensure that the sentences reach your subconscious. For this purpose, the text of the mental game note should have certain characteristics:
positive phrases – “I will not fail”, “do not get excited”, “do not be scared!” and similar statements should be avoided
Write clearly and simply
Repetitions are particularly effective
If you have used this mental technique a few times, you can soon focus automatically, without the note. If the fear is still there, with these methods you feel better.
Make it easy for the proofreader to go through your exam
Statistics show that a correction to a maximum of 90 percent is objective. So try to put yourself in the position of the person who corrects your work: the overall impression that the proofreader has on your work can affect the grade. Of course, primarily objectively measurable benefits are valued, but the overall impression may well be the difference between a 2 and a 3+. In order for the proofreader to have a good impression, the exam should be designed as follows:
The correction margin should be strictly adhered to because some examiners do not like it when this area is not available.
leave as much space as possible for ideas that come after you. If you insert information with asterisks, do it cleanly and clearly so that the proofreader knows which task or section the information included belongs to.
In general, it is said that even the “worst” typeface becomes more beautiful through the use of a pen.
insert paragraphs that make reading easier and show that you have worked structurally.
individual leaves should be numbered. Thus, the proofreader is always coping well.
Maintain rituals, avoid scare makers and use smear paper
The following section will give you more tips to help you take the test calmly and as calmly as possible and effectively work on the tasks.
Make the beginning of the retreat as pleasant as possible. Maintain your rituals, put on your favorite clothes, and stop yourself from eating unhealthy habits like smoking. Especially with smokers, the sudden abandonment can lead to poor concentration. So bring the test behind you and then stop smoking! By keeping your rituals you feel more secure.
In order to prevent spatial obstacles such as a traffic jam or a bus delay, you should make yourself in time on the way to the retreat site.
Avoid so-called panic makers and do not listen to them. Even if these are friends, you should postpone the talks to after the test.
Take a long drink of water and focus on the test. Activate your brain by re-examining your records just before the exam or by putting them in front of your mind’s eye. If that makes you nervous, you should not get the documents out shortly before the exam.
Everything you need for the exam should be timely prepared or prepared. These include drinks, dictionaries, writing utensils, a calculator, etc.
Before the exam starts, regulations such as the regulations on using toilets should be clarified.
Use scrubbing paper to create outline, collect ideas, and organize your thoughts.
Tips for the procedure during the exam
If the test is before you after some time of nervousness and panic, you should proceed as follows:
First of all, you should record your knowledge on the short-term memory. Write important formulas, terms and rules that you can easily forget.
read the tasks always thoroughly and never too fast.
Spend a lot of time working on tasks with many points and spend less time working on tasks for which there are few points.
Start with the tasks that seem easy to you.
do not write the answers! The time for processing does not provide a copy.
Edited tasks should be checked to make sure that you work through all the tasks and do not forget any.
check the watch occasionally (not a smartphone!) to see if you’re in time.
At the end of the exam you should hand in your lubrication sheets. The lubrication sheets provide an insight into your thoughts and can have a positive effect on the grade.