A student asks: how do I manage nerves in my exam?

A student asks:

"I've got my calculator paper coming up -- I'm not really struggling with anything, I just get nervous! How can I make sure I do as well as I know I can?

That’s a great question!

First up: keep reminding yourself that you don’t really struggle with anything — talking positively to yourself really helps.

In the exam, make sure you read through all the questions and do the easy ones first to build up a head of steam.

If you find yourself struggling with nerves in the exam, stop for a second, sit up straight, and take a really deep breath — and tell yourself something like “I can do this — let me give it my best shot.” Then carry on.

Don’t be afraid to leave a question and come back to it later if it’s stressing you out.

Good luck!


Colin is a Weymouth maths tutor, author of several Maths For Dummies books and A-level maths guides. He started Flying Colours Maths in 2008. He lives with an espresso pot and nothing to prove.


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