As the snow drifts down over Leicester for the fourth day running, along with an avalanche (see what I did there) of grumbling and rubbish iphone snaps of snowy gardens, the History of Art students are celebrating the end of January exam week. Or are they?
As someone who’s exam panic sets in as soon as they leave the exam hall, I’ve always felt in the minority. This time round however, I’m not the only one suffering.
Sure enough it’s normal to feel a bit apprehensive after any test, of course you want to know if your hard work has paid off, but what if, despite attending your lessons and putting in the hours revising, you’re losing sleep over it?
Then it’s time to practice some skills that you are going to need time and time again. Not just at university, but in everything you do. I’m talking about Acceptance. That one, vital skill that is going to take you from being an anxious, wobbling mess to calm, productive badass.
- Firstly, make a cup of tea and take a deep breath.
- Take stock of the facts. In this case, the facts are: The university wouldn’t set an exam you couldn’t pass. They want you to get good grades as much as you do.
- Take an honest inventory of your actions. Have you done all you reasonably could? With exams, if you have attended the classes, understood the material and gone over everything prior to the exam, there is no reason why you would fail. If you’ve skipped a tonne of classes, and only spent a half hearted hour or two revising the night before the test, you’re probably not going to be getting those high marks. The key here is being realistic.
- Keep in mind that very few things are an end-of-the-world kinda deal. If you’ve put in the work, you’re likely to get a good grade. Congratulations, keep truckin’! If you’ve left it late, not put in the hours, you’re gonna have to accept a lesser mark. And that is okay. You know exactly what you need to do next time so go ahead and do them! Believe it or not, the university don’t take you out the back and shoot you, even if you get a zero!
- Remind yourself that there are many things that an exam grade can’t tell you. It will never tell you how strong you are, how resourceful you are, how kind you are, how much your friends and family love you.
That’s it for today’s therapy session! Be kind to yourself and stay warm. If anyone has any other issues you’d like advice on, or comments on today’s post, please share in the comments below, don’t be shy!