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Does the thought of sitting for an exam:
Most students can identify with at least some of these reactions. Research indicates that optimum performance in exams is obtained when students experience medium or manageable levels of anxiety. However, too much anxiety in relation to exams can inhibit concentration and memory and, in its most severe form, cause panic attacks.
It is important not to give up when you feel anxious! Most people experience some degree of anxiety when faced with an exam. The students who perform better tend to cope with anxiety in more productive ways including:
Exam confidence is healthy. It works for you and provides you with heightened awareness, which will enhance your ability to do well in exams. The key factors are to be prepared, to practise relaxation daily (so that your body can relax on demand) and to think positively.