Work out a home support plan
Manage your stress
To manage your stress, you first need to LISTEN to what you are telling yourself, also known as SELF TALK. Ask yourself, what is causing the stress? If you are feeling stressed because you haven’t covered a particular topic, work on it as soon as you can. There is no value being stressed about things you can’t control or manage. If you have a look at some of the statements above, they are all fear statements. Fear of not passing, fear of not remembering, and fear of the outcome.
Here is an example of a student using positive self-talk:
“Okay, what am I worried about? I’m really hazy about outcomes 3 and 4 of the course. I’m pretty confident about the first two outcomes. I think I need to talk to my teacher about 3 and 4 and ask for some advice. Also, I’ll talk to my friend about them because she did good SACs on them. And after dinner, I’ll download some previous exams from the VCAA site and have a look at the questions and at the examiners’ reports on the questions.http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/index.html
All of that is going to help me!”
You can’t control the outcome at this stage, but you can control WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW. So, when you hear these statements or other fearful self talk in your mind, ASK YOURSELF- “What am I fearing?” Then, tell yourself that you are doing everything you can to remember what you need too for the exam, and get your best possible result. These things are within your control so focus only on what you CAN CONTROL.
Learn to CONTROL the physical aspects of stress. Practice relaxing techniques like deep breathing, where you breathe in for a count of 7, then out for a count of 7. As you breathe out, imagine the stress draining out of your body. Remember, physical exercise is an important stress release, so slot exercise breaks into your study program.
BE AWARE of when you get stressed, and ask yourself “Is it useful for me to be stressed now?” If not, tell yourself to RELAX. If you feel yourself becoming stressed when doing a task, try to write down or say all that you know about the task. If you have already become stressed, ‘bail out’ for a short time, and then return when you have relaxed.
Now that you are nice and relaxed, here is a plan once you are in the exam:
Use the reading time…
1. Read each question in your mind and decide:
When writing begins…..
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