Exam stress is often reported to be one of the biggest challenges for teenagers and young people today, although this has been the case for past generations too so it’s nothing new. No matter what age we are or where we are in our careers, all adults remember what it was like to face big exams, especially state examinations. However, if you are a student reading this, the stress you are feeling is new to you, and current. You may have felt sure of yourself in other areas of your life up to now, but somehow any confidence you have felt during school terms or when doing short assignments seems to have evaporated.
Do you see others in your class ‘effortlessly’ getting through exams? Have you ever looked at someone on the TV, or on stage or at an event, speaking fluently and articulately, and thought “Wow, I wish I could be like that!”
Well, the good news is that it is possible for all of us, every human, to change and, with practice, to become more confident. As a dual qualified nurse and coach, I can assure you that those who appear to be cool and self-assured have the same human physiology as you. What might be slightly different is that they have learned how to manage their anxiety and take control of their stress. They know how to harness their physiology and use it to their benefit. They may have learned this self-control subconsciously or they may have learned it deliberately (probably the latter) but you can view them as examples of what is possible for every human being.
I have published a short book on Kindle to show you how you can harness your own physiology so that you can handle stressful situations more effectively and feel more calm at exam time. It’s titled “Stay Calm and Rock that Exam” and it’s available via Amazon Kindle now.
By the end of this book you will have all the tools you need to manage the way your body reacts to stressful events such as exams and to use this knowledge to serve you.
- You don’t need to learn anything off by heart.
- You don’t need to memorise sentences, words or acronyms.
- You don’t have to have any particular personality type.
- You don’t need any tools.
- You won’t need to remember to bring your ‘lucky pen’ into your exam.
I am going to show you how you can use your body, your mind, your physiology (hormones, neuro-chemicals, neural pathways and electro-chemical processes) to your advantage. This isn’t airy-fairy stuff. These tools and techniques are grounded in research and neuroscience and are used by the world’s leading coaches every day in their work with business executives. The world’s most successful companies invest in their senior managers’ development by bringing in executive coaches to work with them, using these tools among others. The tools work for them and they will work for you.
There are two caveats to this book:
1) The techniques described in this book are not a replacement for studying – you still need to put the work in! More about that later in the book.
2) You must still look after yourself and maintain a healthy body and mind. Much more about that later on.
I hope that you enjoy the insights revealed in this short book, that you try these techniques and most of all, that you will Stay Calm and Rock that Exam!