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8 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset During Exams

By Alyssa Johnson

Staying positive during your exams is important, especially if you want to get the best results you possibly can. Positive thinking can help to reduce depression, improve psychological wellbeing and even provide greater resistance to the common cold.

That’s why it’s so important to take some time out ahead of your exams to get your head in the right place, and you’ll also want to keep a positive mindset going throughout and even after the exams are completed and you’re waiting for the results.

And yet with that said, it isn’t always easy to maintain a positive mindset, and just knowing that you need one is very different to being able to think positively when it seems as though everything’s going wrong. That’s where this article comes in. Here’s how to maintain a positive mindset during your exams.

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8 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset During Exams

  1. Think positively
    When it’s time to prepare for exams, thinking positively will help you to focus on the good and not the bad, stopping you from catastrophizing and helping you to prepare for your exams as efficiently as possible. And it’s the preparation that you put in which will determine the end results.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people
    Thinking positive thoughts for exams can be much easier if you spend time with other positive people. We start to inherit many of the habits and mannerisms of the people we spend the most time with, which means that we need to choose those people carefully. After all, the reverse is true, and if you surround yourself with negative people, that negativity will start to rub off on you.
  3. Meditate
    Meditation can be a great way to bring your thoughts under control and to train yourself to think more positively. You can teach yourself to meditate or you can follow guided meditation tutorials online, whichever works. The goal should be to find some peace of mind ahead of stressful situations – and maybe even to help you to get some sleep.
  4. Practice breathing exercises
    Breathing exercises are a natural progression from meditation, and they can help you to clear your mind and to bring your heart rate back under control during stressful situations. Even in a timed exam situation, taking a few minutes to do some breathing exercises can pay off in terms of the improved performance you can look forward to.
  5. Influence what you can influence
    It doesn’t matter how hard you work, there will always be things in life that you can’t change. You have to learn to accept what you can’t change and then to work on what you can. If this means seeking college essay writing help or taking on private tutoring to make sure that you get the exam results that you’re looking for, so be it.
  6. Don’t procrastinate
    Start preparing at least a month before your exams and avoid the urge to procrastinate and to put things off. Procrastination will reduce your chances of achieving the best results that you can, and it will also lead to you worrying (quite rightly) that you haven’t put as much revision time in as you could have.
  7. Write lists of what you’re thankful for
    One pro tip is to write lists of everything that you’re thankful for and to keep them around your study station so that you’re constantly reminded of the good things in your life. That way, even when you’re under a lot of pressure and struggling to maintain your positive mindset, you’ll always be reminded of the things that you’re thankful for.
  8. Accept that you can’t be perfect
    Ultimately, nobody is perfect, and it’s only natural to have a few slip-ups here and there and to return to your old ways of thinking. If you do start to think negatively, you’ll need to spot the signs and slowly bring yourself back round to a positive way of thinking. That’s where those breathing exercises and the meditation come in. It’s not about being positive all of the time, and in fact that can be bad for you. Instead, you just need to be as positive as you can be, as often as you can.
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Positivity is a must-have, not just at college but throughout your adult life. Good things come to those who are positive, and simply taking the time to establish a positive mindset before starting your exams can be enough to make all of the difference.

Just remember that all of the positivity in the world won’t make up for a lack of revision, so if you want to ace your exams then you’re going to want to take some time to get your head in the right place before you get started and then to crack on with as much revision as possible.

The good news is that if you follow the steps in this article then you’ll be off to a good start and in a good place to perform at your best during your exams. Just remember to keep thinking positive and that you can only do your best. Good luck.

About the author
Alyssa Johnson is an educational blogger, essay writer, and magazine editor. Her goal in life is to make education more accessible to everyone, regardless of their social status. You can learn. You only need a plan. Through her content, Alyssa teaches you how to make it.

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