After spending however long in a hall of pure silence and finally being able to walk out and let out a breath of air, I find that sometimes it’s the aftermath of an exam that can be the most stressful part of it. Personally, its the worst part of an exam day, I can’t stand it! I’m not someone that likes to analyse my paper very often and if I feel like it’s been a bad exam the last thing that I want to do is talk about it. So, there’s how I cope with the stress that comes after sitting an exam.
Once I get out of the exam hall, I try to get my bag as soon as I can and stay away from people who want to talk about what the paper was like. I’m lucky enough to know people who will happily stop asking me about the paper if I tell them that I just don’t want to talk about it. There are a lot of people in my classes who like to compare answers afterwards and dissect the entire paper. Whilst I don’t mind saying how I felt the paper went for me, I don’t really want to tell people my entire through process was for it. So, grab your bag and go. Comparing answers isn’t always going to make you feel better and a lot of the time it’s just going to make you panic about your paper. So, take a deep breathe and get away from those people.
My family are people who take in interest in how my day has gone and want to know how my exams are gone so I tend to text them as soon as I’ve finished an exam just to give them a brief update. On really bad exam days though, I tell them that I don’t really want to talk about it anymore and they completely respect that. There is nothing wrong with you just telling people that it isn’t something that you want to talk about anymore. It does help talking about bad exams instead of bottling it up, don’t get me wrong and when the time is right and I finally feel like I won’t burst into tears whenever someone mention the module title, I will eventually talk to my family about it. You’re allowed time to process your thoughts on what just happened, remind yourself that this exam is not the be all and end all. Take some time out for yourself.
Above all else, I remind myself that whatever has happened has happened. Once time’s up and I’ve handed my paper into the invigilator, there’s is physically nothing else that I can do. There’s no point in stressing over what’s just happened, especially if I’ve got other exams coming up because it’s going to stop me from focusing on them. I’m allowed to be upset about it if the exam hasn’t gone the way I’ve wanted it to but I can keep dwelling on it. At the end of the day, if I don’t get the grades that I needed or wanted, life will still go on. I might have to work a little harder to get to where I wanted to be but it’s definitely not going to be the end of my journey and it really isn’t the end of yours.
Best of luck for exam season!
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