How do I stop thinking about the exam


If you are aware of it exams prepare and use targeted self-management techniques, you can also look forward to the exam day calmly and calmly.

Do not try to am Evening before the exam to go through the whole material again. Just look at your summaries and / or visualizations and repeat the content for a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes.

Think again about the topic, the outlines and structures and clarify the important main aspects. Think about personal examples and applications. Put your work documents and aids (e.g. calculators, pens, paper, formula books) and your student ID as well as your clothes that you want to wear tomorrow.

Then try to forget about the exam!

Do something that you like and that is good for you: go out to eat or walk, play sports, visit friends or a concert. And: Go to bed so early in the evening that you can come to the exam the next morning well rested.

Stand on Examination day Get up early, shower and eat in peace, do not take any medication that you do not know about the effects. Go to college without rushing. Come early, but not too early (5 to 10 minutes before the start of the exam). Think positively, "I'm well prepared. I can do it. I can do it." Try to relax by thinking of a nice event that is coming soon, such as your next vacation. Avoid talking to fellow students about potentially difficult exam questions. Do not let the restlessness or nervousness of others infect you.

Choose at written exams a quiet, bright workplace as possible.

When taking exams, read all the questions carefully first.

Then start with the easiest questions. Knowing questions strengthen your self-confidence and your motivation. Then, with increased confidence, you can move on to the more difficult questions.

Read each question carefully at least twice.

Exercise: assignments in examination questions

Work on each task in the following order: reading - thinking - structuring the answer mentally (possibly keywords on exercise paper) - writing - checking what has been written.

If you can't solve a problem, stop doing it and try to answer it later. Often, mental blocks are broken down by solving other tasks.

For long answers, create outlines and bullet points.

Ignore participants who immediately start to write hectically or who give their answers after a short time.

In the case of an approx. 2 hour exam, allow 20 minutes at the end to check your answers.

Read your answers again before submitting them. Never give up prematurely. It is better to supplement your answers with further aspects or examples.

Exercise: Can you work under time pressure?

At oral exams you should pay attention to punctuality, well-groomed clothing and a friendly greeting from the examiner.

Listen carefully to the questions, thinking carefully before answering.

If you have longer questions, write down any keywords on a sticky note that you have brought with you.

Answer the questions precisely, but not too briefly. Try to bring up everything you know about the subject.

Look at your examiner.

Show that you have not only learned the subject, but also questioned it. Back up statements with personal examples, put theses in a (also critical) context.

If you don't know an answer, say so while suggesting another topic that you are well versed in.

Have questions repeated to you that you do not understand.

Rephrase unclear questions (e.g. "Do you mean ...?", "Did I understand you correctly that you want to know ...?").

Remember that it is usually very boring for examiners to hear certain answers over and over again. Therefore, try to turn the exam into an interview. Make the examiner's work easier by addressing related topics on your own initiative.

For complex answers, use the blackboard (or paper) and mark your ideas and summaries (which may have already been drawn up during the preparation for the exam).

Say goodbye optimistically and kindly.



Fig .: Examination techniques (In .: Wottreng, 1999, 101)


After an exam, relax and allow yourself some positive recovery time. When you have found out your grade, analyze the exam: Think about what went particularly well or what you should change with new exams. Use the exam review and take a look at your work and the sample solutions (even with good grades!). Make a note of particularly good answers or avoidable mistakes.

Exercise: exam analysis

Summary: learning control
  1. Regular participation in courses (cf. notes)
  2. Long-term audit planning (cf. Exam preparation)
  3. Exam preparation (= collecting and viewing the exam material)
  4. Division of the examination material into very specific learning units (cf. Planning technology)
  5. Duration and schedule planning of the learning units (cf. time plans)
  6. Effective learning work (cf. Learning methodology)
  7. Working in a study group (cf. work in groups)
  8. Regular control of the learning success (= formulation of own examination questions; cf.Learning control)
  9. Use of sensible examination techniques
  10. Review of the examination

Fig .: Mind map exam preparation