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Published 20 January 2021

How to prepare and build your confidence ahead of exam time

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As we approach the end of T3, you’ll probably be starting to think about any online exams you’ve got coming up. Exams are an opportunity to show what you know and should make you feel energised to perform at your best. But in reality, you might be feeling anxious. This is normal – most people experience some degree of anxiety when faced with an exam.

What’s important is learning to manage your anxiety in a productive way.

Research indicates that mild levels of anxiety can improve alertness and provide the burst of energy needed to get through demanding situations, which will help you perform well in an exam situation. However, too much anxiety can be debilitating; it might affect your concentration and memory or cause you to panic.

So, a small amount of anxiety together with confidence is the key. We’ve put together some information that will help you develop techniques to improve your confidence and to manage your nerves. 

Preparation

In the lead-up to your exam

During your exam

The student website has more in-depth information about building your exam confidence, as well as more general exam preparation information, including tips for different types of exam formats and questions. If you need more help with preparing for exams, you can book an appointment with a Language and Learning Adviser or with a Deakin counsellor.



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