Exams are one of the most stressful times in a student’s life, and a student’s level of academic performance is not an indicator of how nervous a student is. Often students with an inflated sense of responsibility worry more than others. But practice shows that such worries can “neutralize” the success of even the best student.
Unfortunately, it happens that in the most responsible moments of our lives, by various unexpected coincidences, nervous students get into ridiculous situations after the exam and become the subject of public discussions and gossip, passed from course to course.
It is impossible to unify ways of communicating with professors on the exam – all people are different, especially university teachers and students. But there are some psychological techniques that you should always remember.
Be prepared to fail
Any student, even an excellent one, is not immune to an unsatisfactory grade. Fear of failure prevents you from concentrating on your preparations during the exam. To avoid such a situation, imagine what will happen if you fail. That’s right, first, you have to pass the exam again. However, some teachers allow you to answer questions on a different topic during the exam.
When you realize that failing the exam is not such an insurmountable problem, you will relax and be able to study quietly, because if anything goes wrong, you will have another chance.
Do not show that you know nothing
Insecurity is the biggest enemy of the student. We all know that it’s always easy to recognize insecure and unprepared students – they’re constantly flipping papers on the desk, looking away, and holding off on an answer. Avoid this. This makes the teacher want to ask the students lots of questions about the topic of the class. So it is better to look confident, even if you are poorly prepared. Those who are especially good at it can do it.
Don’t be silent, talk
You don’t have to take it literally and talk whatever you want – this will also give a negative result, but you don’t have to turn into a fish either. Some students get a positive grade only for their charm, the ability to “talk”, to promote a discussion with the teacher, to show him that they may not have fully understood the material, but still have an understanding, and most importantly – the interest. It is important to express your opinion, and again, within the framework of the topic under discussion. At the same time, you should try to show that you work, because you get marks by giving logical answers in the exam.
Speak, but properly
As mentioned above, you should speak, but pay attention to your speech. It is a well-known fact that people who can find common ground with someone speak to people in “their” language. In addition, the exam is still a stage of assessment of knowledge in academic subjects, which implies a scientific style of communication with the examiner. Avoid constant interjections, long pauses – even if you know the material by heart, you need to be able to “present” yourself correctly, including the topic on which you “report”.
Be confident, but don’t argue
Confidence has already been mentioned, but it should be distinguished from excessive pressure, insolence, and empty arguments with the examiner. Everything should be in balance. Sometimes it is necessary to argue, proving your point of view with scientific facts, studies, official figures, and statistics. If you argue that your roommate always overestimates, it will make the teacher angry, and he decides to get rid of a noisy “irritant”, which compromises his honesty in front of students.
Fear of the exam is common to everyone. As Socrates said, “I know that I know nothing” – everyone faces this from time to time. But it is always necessary to judiciously assess the current state of knowledge within the subject to be passed.
Don’t be a perfectionist
Students often find that they can’t express themselves coherently, so they often buy explanatory essay. If you can’t remember something and present it attractively, that’s okay. Skip it or explain it in your own words the way you understand it. Allow yourself to be wrong. Remember: no one can learn all lectures and textbooks by heart.
Don’t panic that you know nothing
Worrying may turn out to be an empty hassle, but you may get so overanxious that you confuse everything and forget. After all, with everyone happens – after the exam, you remember everything that you once heard or read, studied. But it did not come to mind during the exam. But, the grade is already set. So your worst enemy is panic, while calmness and prudence are your first helpers. Remember the different techniques of breathing, self-soothing – it will be very useful on the exam!
There can be many such “techniques”, the most important thing that a student of any age should understand is that the exam is an assessment of your knowledge that you have received for the semester or academic year. So, in order not to go crazy the night before the exam – solve your issues as they come up and prepare in advance for the exam. Learn, read, and study – it will work for you.
If you are asked an additional question, feel free to start recalling supposedly something from some thick book with a brown cover. You can make up the book to your taste. And pretend that the information is about to come out. The teacher will think you’ve read something. You can even make up what the right page looks like in this book or the scheme on it.
Not sure of the answer to an additional question? Make the teacher forget about it. Use the attention shifting technique. Drop your pen or look out the window as if you saw something strange there. In 50% of cases, the teacher will forget about the question. It is important to start talking about your topic immediately after the distraction. The chances that the teacher will not repeat the question or will not be able to remember it increases.