How to deal with and manage exam stress


Welcome to another Brain Blinkers Bullet Point.

​Today, I want to share with you some tips on how to manage exam pressure and stress.

​We’ve got a lot of children now putting an extraordinary amount of pressure on themselves with exams.
I had the pleasure of working with the Oxley College, Year 12 students, very recently. What a
beautiful bunch of people they were… young adults preparing for quite a big time in their lives.
​What we went through with them was the Brain Blinkers program.

​What we focused on was two things concerning exam stress and pressure.

The first thing is the belief around that particular exam. A lot of kids in the group that we worked with might say they’re bad at maths, no good at English, or they say I could never get that right, I could never achieve that particular result.

​All of these are limiting beliefs.

​The first thing is to realise, to be aware that you have that limiting belief. That belief about yourself, and a particular subject is having an impact on your ability to study or your ability to perform in that particular subject. So that’s the first thing. Go through the acid test you can see in the e-book to remove that particular brain blinker.

The second thing is the fear of exams… that adrenaline rush.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

The thing with exams is yes, it’s normal to feel that fear. The concept we say is, you know, once you
feel it and realize that it’s not the end of the world, your ability to handle that pressure and that fear
changes significantly.
​Two things, the limiting belief around exams and your ability to study, and the second thing is fear
of failure, fear of humiliation with regards to exams or studying.

If you’re a student or the parent of a student, check out the Brain Blinkers “Student” online course. It is designed specifically to help deal with exam stress and you remove limiting beliefs and become a higher performer.