Exam Stress

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Exam Stress

Postby award » Sun May 16, 2010 6:37 pm

hi all i have exams soon and im relli relli stressed i have been revising non stop and havent been sleeping because of the exams does any one have any advice im just relli stressed and nervous ive never been good at exams
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby galexy96 » Sun May 16, 2010 6:40 pm

i think you should'nt revise non-stop. you should have a few breaks through out the day to try and relax you. Make a revision plan and put in when you will have the breaks. Oh, and Good Luck :D
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby award » Sun May 16, 2010 6:42 pm

Thanks Galaxy.
i have done revision plans before but i cant remember how to is it likea time table about when to revise
have u got any stress copeing tips
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby award » Tue May 25, 2010 8:49 pm

Any One got any stress tips i have exams again lol and i am bag of nerves and relli stressed atm
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby abi » Tue May 25, 2010 8:58 pm

have you ever tried meditation, this can help, i use it a lot.

if you do not want to do this, do something that you find difficult but you enjoy, i use coloring in.
the way i see it, dyspraxia is an extra hurdle in every race i run, but that extra hurdle, is just extra exercise, so in the end, i will come through stronger.
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby award » Tue May 25, 2010 9:03 pm

hmm i see what you mean how do you do meditation
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby abi » Wed May 26, 2010 5:58 am

http://www.learningmeditation.com/room.htm
it is best to start from the easily available CDs or a guided meditation from the internet, i havent used these myself, but the seem to be quite good. but you need to remember that not all tracks will work for all people, you may need to look around for a different one if you find this one hard.
the way i see it, dyspraxia is an extra hurdle in every race i run, but that extra hurdle, is just extra exercise, so in the end, i will come through stronger.
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby award » Wed May 26, 2010 8:31 am

Thanks Abi
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby wm1995 » Fri May 28, 2010 2:37 pm

I try repetitive movements that require a lot of concentration to practice perfectly, which make me forget about whatever I'm stressing about. One example involves touching each finger on one hand with your thumb, and doing the same thing with the other hand, and then closing my eyes and repeating this action as quickly as possible without getting it wrong. If this is too easy, then moving your arms at the same time makes it exceptionally difficult. One can also count the number of times that one has done it correctly (I can do it a maximum of twice whilst moving my arms).
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby kitty123 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:21 pm

i have exams to but im in year 10 but this counts to my gcse any 1 help
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby kitty123 » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:21 pm

i have exams to but im in year 10 but this counts to my gcse any 1 help
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby olivia5 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:12 pm

I'm in year 10 too and I struggle when exam comes not to get stressed out about them what would you recomend to do?

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Re: Exam Stress

Postby Boing » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:22 am

My advise it to chill for a bit and break up the revision into small parts, if you're the unorganised sort then drawing up a revision timetable might help you.

What you do is first write down the days you want to allocate for revision (this may be all week or you may want a day off) then decide how much time on each of those days you have for revision including time for breaks, split it up and fill in the subjects that need revising A few tips:
[*]Don't try to do too much at a time, your concentration is high at the start, dips in the middle, and picks up again towards the end, so the longer you do at once the more your concentration dips in the middle. I'd suggest 40 mins revision with 10 min breaks inbetween but you'll have to find one that works for you.
[*]Leave some free spaces in your timetable, either in case you have to miss some of you revision time for some reason, or if you you find that a subject needs more revision than you allocated it time for.
[*]Be careful how you arrange the subjects, if you know you don't like writing then don't schedule two writing subjects right after each other. All that will happen is you'll lose interest and your concentration will drop. If you're doing more than one foreign language, it may be an idea to have a gap between them so that you don't get muddled up. What I tried to do was mix up the subjects I enjoyed with the ones I didn't (although you may find it's the ones you don't enjoy you need to do most revision for.)
[*]Try to complete your revision a week before the exam, after then you can do short reminders (10 minutes or so) but nothing large. Otherwise it's less likely to go in, and more importantly you'll end up getting stressed that the exam is in a few days and you still don't know everything.
[*]If you are getting stressed, stop immediately and find a way to calm down, I can't help you here, you'll have to find something that works for you. However I will say that if you try and do revision while stressed, you'll learn virtually nothing.

Finally, it's very important that you know how you learn best, if you're a visual learner then writing out a load of text isn't going to help you learn very effectively, you be better with diagrams and mind maps. Likewise if you're more auditory than speaking things, and recording them using a dictaphone or similar might work better. Your teacher or someone else at school should be able to help you with this.

My last tip, is to try and learn everything as you go along. It may mean more homework and a bit less free time, but you'll be thankful for it at the end if you find you don't need to do a ton of revision. I learnt that the hard way, trust me on that one.

Here is an example revision timetable and more tips:
http://wordpress.mrreid.org/2009/12/18/how-to-make-a-revision-timetable/ (ignore his point about colour coding if you like, in my opinion it only takes a few extra minutes and makes it easier to see when you're revising what)
Lastly, feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.
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Re: Exam Stress

Postby olivia5 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:27 pm

Hi,

Wow, thanks for this information this had really helped. Thanks for attaching the timetable I will use this to do my revision this has really helped.

Thanks again
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