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How do you get over panicking in an exam? Now I know you guys have all experienced this feeling of getting into the middle of your exam, there’s 20 questions left, and you’ve only got 10 minutes to complete those 20 questions. And what starts to happen to your brain is you get emotionally hijacked, you start freaking out, you start worrying about Whoa, you know, how am I going to get these questions done in this limited amount of time. And so in this video, what I want to address is how to ensure that number one, that never happens to you. And number two, what do you do and the situation that that actually does happen to you in the exam.
So I think exam panic, or the idea of emotional hijacking happens to everyone. I’ve experienced that all throughout my life, when I was a kid going through my OC selective school scholarship exams, even later on in law school, I know how many times I’ve fallen trap to, you know, spending too much time on the first few questions. And then having not enough time to complete the rest and just rushing and just, you know, kind of drug mind dumping everything onto the page in the last few minutes. I think the first thing to realize and the first thing that everybody needs to understand is that you need to get rid of this idea of perfections. Right?
An exam by its very nature is is not an it’s never meant to be perfect. Okay. And yet, so many kids think that they can go into an exam, approach it with a perfectionist mindset, and the perfectionist mindset. And the very, very careful kind of perfectionism is the very reason why all of us get caught up. so caught up in those first few questions. It’s why we spend a disproportionate amount of time on those first few questions. And it’s also like, oftentimes, you see the huge disparity of marks between exam scores, versus what kids are able to do in their usual homework. So how do we get rid of that? Well, number one, you should always treat an exam just like you would, when you’re normally doing your homework. If you have not done enough work, or you are not ready for an exam, you’re already gone.
Okay, there is nothing that you can do nothing special, there’s no special hack that you can do on exam day, that is going to magically boost up the marks, you cannot just start putting on a facade of perfectionism and trying to be perfect on every single question because it’s already too late. And so the best approach is to treat the exam like you would your homework. Okay, so you should always approach the exam with the same kind of intensity, the same kind of amount of care that you do with the hammer. And so you shouldn’t be worrying over every single question you shouldn’t be worrying over, you know, looking at the question over and over again, before finding the answer, particularly, the second thing that you should do before jumping into an exam is over prepare, right, you should always make the training more difficult than the actual exam itself.
If your training is easier than the exam, you will always be stumped by the exam. So your goal is to make the training way more difficult than the exam itself. This principle of overtraining has been used for like literally for decades, right? You know, same applies to music, you never ever want to play at a faster speed than you do on your practice session, you’re gonna play at 120% speed of your concert performance speed, and then in the actual concert, you just play at 100% of the speed, right. So you always want to bring it down one level. And the reason why this is the case, is because at home, you will always perform better than an exam because at home, you don’t have the anxiety, you don’t have the nervousness, you don’t have all the pressure that you wouldn’t an exam. And so that pressure, that anxiety, all that kind of stuff accounts for I’d say approximately 20% drop in performance during the exam.
So let’s say if you normally score, you know, 90%, and the actual exam, you know, due to those factors, you might only saw 70%. And look, obviously people are more well trained people are better trained, will be able to close that 20% gap. So might only be a 10% gap or offset gap or even a 0% gap. But the goal is to over train, how do you overtrain? Well, number one, find out how many minutes you’re allowed for every single question in the exam. If you’re given one minute per question in the exam, what I would do is in your normal training, make it 40 seconds for questions or even 30 seconds per question and constantly try to beat that. What most people do is they take the invalid approach, or they make their training easier than the exam. When they’re going through their training.
They you know, they don’t put a timer on. They don’t do they don’t do the home kind of edit anytime conditions. And they just kind of go through it slowly. Right? They just do it out there. I feel will like go out, get a little coke come back. And then you know it’s a very, very relaxed kind of experience. That is not the way that you should you should approach things, you should always approach things in a way that is top off more intense than exempt. The other thing that you can do is you can do questions that are more difficult than the questions in the exam. Again, most will take the embedded approach. Most people spend most of their time working on questions that are way easier for the exam. And I see a lot of cheering colleges that do this as well, where they give certain questions that are easier than exams.
That doesn’t do anything. Because why would you make the questions easier than ones in the exam when in the exam? Questions hot right? Doesn’t make any sense. So always try to do questions that harder than those that you’d find in an exam. Of course, it’s important to build foundations, make sure that you only train anyway, I hope that is clear on exam day approaches like normal. And then in your training, make it more difficult. Hopefully those tips help let me know how do you deal with your exam notes? Tell me what is your best and what is your worst exam performance? Right? What is your most memorable exam performance? Did you ever get into a situation like that where you actually succeeded right where you’re frantic but you managed to Glee managed to pull it off? I’d love to know what your experiences are in the comments down below. Please let me know what your thoughts are. comment like subscribe hit the bell notification so that when a another video comes out, you get reminded immediately that’s it for me. Thanks guys. Steve Xu, the selective school guru checking out bye