How to calm nerves before exam

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Hi Guys, 

I'm usually always really nervous for my first exam, after i've done one or two, my nerves calm down, but since Biology is my first exam and I find biology really hard but need to do well in it, I am really scared i'll make silly mistakes and get a really bad grade- I need an A. What can I do to calm my nerves?

Thanks, Mariyah X. 

Posted Thu 2nd May, 2013 @ 21:18 by Sally

4 Answers

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Hi Mariyah,

As a biology student myself, I understand exactly where you're coming from... The biology exams are really hard, but don't worry, they're not meant to be easy! The best way to calm nerves is to make sure that you're really well prepared, here's a few things I do when revising:

From my own experience and from talking to other bio students, I think it is usually the questions that are set in an unfamiliar context that are the worst. These are the questions where there is a chunk of text and/or data that you more than likely have never heard of before. Don't panic, you're not expected to have a great deal of knowledge on these topics, just an ability to apply your knowledge. Ive found that the best way to get used to this is to do lots of past papers. This will increase your confidence and give you a better understanding of how the paper is marked. Most past papers can be found on the website of your exam board.

On the day of your exam, if you're really stuck, just read the question carefully (and any other info given to you) and write something that is related to the topic - this is better exam technique than leaving it blank and may score you some, if not all the marks.

A final piece of general advice for biology exams - biology has its own language, learn the key terms you need to know and make sure you can provide a good definition of each one. Of course, plenty of sleep the night before the exam and drinking lots of water always helps, with any exam!

Hope this helps

Answered Thu 2nd May, 2013 @ 21:56 by RhysWall
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Do not revise just before the exam. You will get panicky and think that you don't know enough. It's better if you go to bed early the night before and try to relax before the exam. When you go into the exam hall, try to empty your mind. You can do this by putting your feet firmly on the ground and concentrating on them and nothing else. If you feel you are panicking whilst doing the exam, stop for a while, ask for a piece of paper, and just doodle whatever comes into your mind relating to Biology and I bet you'll remember something.

In the meantime, keep doing past papers and revise in whatever way suits you best. To get yourself in the mood for revision, change something around you before you start revising. For example, when I start revising, I tie up my hair, and when I'm taking a break I take it down again. It lets your brain know that it's time to revise. Some people might move an object on their desk instead, light a candle, put on glasses that they don't always wear, or put on a hat. Whatever works best for you. Good luck :)

Answered Fri 3rd May, 2013 @ 22:05 by Erin
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This is not my question but thx Rhyswall for  that advice. I was gonna ask a similar question cos Im doing a human biology exam nxt week tuesday and are in such a panic to finish my revision. Pst papers really do help, actually any questions say from a textbook really do. You are a a level biology student right? I wanna be one too so im gonna keep what you said in mind. thx again, evie.

Answered Fri 3rd May, 2013 @ 15:02 by evie4learning
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Thanks so much for the help guys, i really appreciate it! I'll try my best to remain calm!!! Good luck in all your exams

Mariyah X.

Answered Sun 5th May, 2013 @ 11:34 by Sally