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Examinations, whether they are online or completed in a traditional paper-based way, can create a heightened sense of nerves, stress and anxiety that can be difficult to conquer. However, there are ways we can overcome the nerves that exams create or reduce worries at least. Let’s take a look at some strategies you can implement to overcome some barriers.

Make sure to breathe

When anxiety strikes, remember – you have the power to control your breath. Deep, slow inhalations and exhalations activate your body’s relaxation response, calming both your mind and your physical state. Practice breathing exercises throughout the day, and during exams, use them as mini-stress-busters in between questions.

Positive affirmations and thinking

Negative self-talk is a stress monster’s feast. Combat it with positive affirmations! Replace “I’m going to mess up” with “I am prepared, I can do this!” Write down your affirmations, repeat them like a mantra, and let them drown out the doubts.

Fuel your focus

Forget the sugary snacks and caffeine binges. Nourish your brain with brain-boosting foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Stay hydrated with water, and don’t skip meals – your mind needs energy to perform at its peak.

Sleep for success

Cramming all night is a recipe for disaster. Prioritise a good night’s sleep before the exam. A well-rested mind is a focused and resilient mind. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality shut-eye to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer.

Using an online examination platform

Online examinations can be taken by some candidates to accommodate their specific needs which can help reduce anxiety, stress and nerves. An online exam platform, like EDExams, can allow candidates to visibly see how much time they have left with ease and can easily navigate through questions and type answers quicker.

Breaks can also be taken when needed and online exams can be completed in a comfortable environment for candidates. If you would like to learn about the effectiveness of EDExams call 01909 384090, send an email to or book a free online demonstration here.