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How to feel more confident about your exams

How to feel more confident about your exams! Exam season is looming and to say that you’re feeling exam stress is probably an understatement.

Feeling more confident about your exams when it comes to exam time is important for both exam success and mental health. One can’t be sacrificed for the sake of the other; the two must go together. Read on to find out how to feel more confident about your exams!

How to feel more confident about your exams

Rule number one for how to feel more confident about your exams when it comes to the exam period is actually having something to feel confident about in the first place. This means that you need to be putting in the hard work! Revising, using a past paper to help you and generally preparing well for the exam. Not just the night before either! Knowing that you began your study session and revising late will make you feel like you don’t know enough. Naturally, you also won’t know everything in as much depth as you would like.

The important thing is to have a solid plan for your exam preparation and put in the hard work. Think about things like scheduling regular study time. Take breaks, get good sleep, review a past paper, use practice questions. All of this will help with your exam preparation and exam confidence.


The fear, anxiety and nerves that topics you don’t understand well or that you glossed over in your haphazard revision might come up in a question on the exam paper is a sure way to feel anxiety before your exam and also when you are in the exam room. Avoid this single recipe for disaster by starting your revision early. Make sure to manage your time well, and make sure you feel relaxed – banish that stress and focus on exam success!

Feeling Anxious or Panicked Ahead of Your Exam

Whenever you start to feel yourself getting anxious, or you feel your nerves building or feel stress about your exam or test, remind yourself what exams are for. Exam day is not judgement day. You are not being judged personally as an individual. Remember the examiners don’t even know your name. They only know your candidate number, so this is not a test of your character.

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An exam is an opportunity for you to showcase what you have learnt. Talk to yourself out loud during the lead up to the exam period. This will help you externalise your fears about the exam and help you to manage stress level more easily. This will also help you build a positive attitude towards your test and exams. It’s also harder to lie to yourself when you talk out loud. This will allow you to deal with all of your fears truthfully.


Thinking about what others are doing or not doing is also another trap. This can make you feel less confident about your exam performance. The important thing is to try not to think about that person who is drinking copious amounts of energy drinks and staying up day and night or about that person who may not be doing any work – or doesn’t even have to take the exam or test. Focus on yourself and building on your positive attitude and confidence.

Remember – you have created a solid plan for revision. You have planned your study time and you have put in the hard work. You have done the revision now so you need to banish exam anxiety and make sure you don’t compare yourself to others! Focus on yourself and your exam success!

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Feeling Miserable ABOUT THE EXAM

You will make yourself feel miserable with negative thoughts thinking about how you have to take the exam or test and others don’t. Or that others may be preparing more than you and may have more confidence. This is your journey, so focus on your own goals and confidence. People also tend to over or underestimate how much exam preparation they are actually doing for the exam season. Don’t get yourself worked up over something that may not even be entirely true.

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Once you’ve harnessed your positive thoughts, done your revision – you’ve completed past papers, done your exam preparation and have all that you need for the exam day or test day. The important thing now is to be in control! Control your nerves, control your stress levels control your exam anxiety and boost your exam confidence. Remember you have done the hard work!

First, take care of the necessities! Ensure that you’ve had a sufficient meal, you had a good night’s sleep, you are feeling positive and are well hydrated. Sleep is really key to exam preparation and revision. Take a look at our blog post here to read about some top tips to help you. Read our Sleep Top Tips Here.

After that, when it comes to exam time, you have to make sure that you stay calm. A key to this is, not surprisingly, deep breaths – but not so deep that you feel your whole chest moving. Breathe deep enough that you are just about aware of your breathing. Use tools such as meditation, mindfulness, relaxation techniques. Or why not take a short break and have a quiet walk in the fresh air.


All of the above are useful in maintaining calm and confidence and controlling exam anxiety but it can all be displaced on exam day. When you come to sit in the exam hall full of hundreds of students, look at the first question and begin to panic.

The panic once you’re in the exam and read the question comes from the daunting realisation of its sheer size and formality which makes it all the more real. An important thing to do to help combat your negative thoughts, stress and fear is to imagine you are back in the classroom. Imagine you are with your teacher and treat the question in front of you like any of the other essay or a past paper you’ve done. Block out where you are and focus on yourself and the question in front of you. Remember you have done the hard work now you need to focus.

Take a look at some of the tips that have been put together HERE that you might find helpful.

Exam confidence and relaxation


Finally, remember when your exam time or test time comes and you are sat in that exam hall you can only do your best. Remember it is okay to make mistakes which are inevitable because we are only human. Try and make sure you maintain your exam confidence and positive attitude to help you ensure your exam success! Want some more top tips, read our related article HERE.

Lastly…exams don’t last for ever, why not take a moment to plan something positive for when they are over, something to look forward to!

Good luck and remember to use these top tips to feel more confident about your exams!


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