More often than not we study hard for our exams, only to forget the concepts as we enter the exam hall. It could be due to a lack of self-confidence or just the tension that surrounds an exam hall, at large. Anyway, the pressure gets real and we often succumb to it and make errors we are confident we wouldn’t make otherwise. Do you want to overcome this barrier and ace your next exam? Here are a few exam hall tips that you can follow to make things easier for yourself.

  1. Wake up early so that you do not need to rush through having breakfast and getting ready. Also, ensure that you eat a healthy breakfast. It gets your system running and will boost you through the exam.
  2. Check the venue and time of the exam to make sure that you have not confused the day/time/venue.
  3. Head to the exam with plenty of time. A lot of unexpected events can happen on your way there and you do not want to be late!
  4. If there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favor!
  5. Go to the toilet before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.
  6. Last-minute cramming won’t help. In fact, you will forget what you remember if you do so.
  7. Fill up the credential columns first. You would not believe how many people have forgotten to do it!
  8. Start answering the questions that you feel most confident about. There is no need to answer the questions in order, as long as you label them correctly.
  9. If your brain freezes, just start writing anything and you will soon start remembering more details.
  10. Take a breather if you panic. You might as well relax for 5 minutes then spend the next half hour panicking and forgetting what you studied.
  11. Don’t spend more time than you planned on a particular section/question or you might run out of time to answer other questions and gain those extra marks! Also, leave any questions that you are unsure about for the end.
  12. Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner if you are not clear on a question.
  13. Use every minute of the exam and if you have time left, review your answers before handing back the paper.
  14. Stay calm, you have done your homework and have nothing to fear!

Remember, trust yourself the next time you get bogged down because someone is panicking around you and telling you things you might not be aware of. You have nothing to fear if you have put effort into your studies. So, don’t panic the next time someone comes and tells you something you don’t know. There is a good chance even they don’t know what they might be talking about. One good way to preparing and testing your knowledge is by taking up mock and revision tests.