Tips on how to cope with exam anxiety

Writing exams is stressful

Wellness practitioner Precious Kupondo has urged parents and students to recognise the signs of anxiety in order to deal with it.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Kupondo says exam anxiety is the experience of feeling an intense moment of fear or panic before and/or during an exam or assessment.

She says people who experience high levels of anxiety in exams can also see their performance decline in evaluation situations.

Students have parents and parents have expectations and they can set the bar very high for their children.

Precious Kupondo, Wellness Practitioner

Because parents are also anxious, they transfer their anxiety onto you who is already anxious and it doubles.

Precious Kupondo, Wellness Practitioner

Anxiety can be very stressful and it can turn into depression and suicide.

Precious Kupondo, Wellness Practitioner

Here are some tips to cope with exam anxiety.

  • Prepare ahead of time by working on sections of the content each day.

  • Use practice exam papers as an opportunity to manage anxiety.

  • Identify your anxiety early by noticing your physical responses.

  • Try replacing unhelpful thoughts with more encouraging self-talk by challenging your worries and negative thoughts.

  • Practice focusing your attention on the task at hand (mindfulness), rather than getting tangled in your anxiety and thinking of the 'what if?'.

  • Learn a few skills for reducing your physical reactions of anxiety.

  • Remember good self-care: pay attention to your sleep, nutrition, exercise, relaxation routines, and reach out for social support.

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