ohhh I have exam stress

Oh! This is embarrassing the first time in my life I have exam stress/anxiety.  I was one of the lucky ones at school and university who didn’t really suffer. As long as I attended class, handed in my homework and revised before an exam I was fine.

But, No this time, revising for an exam has gotten to me.

I’m due to sit my GMAT on the 10th June. It’s still far enough away that I can study and improve my score, it also close enough for me to get stressed.

I mean what happens if I fail? Well, as I have to remind myself-nothing.  If I don’t get the score I need to apply to business school, well I’il get annoyed at myself, and then pay another $250 to sit the test again.  I have plenty of time to resit-I can do it after 30 days and still apply in the first round to the business schools, or I can even wait and study for longer and apply for the second round if necessary.  GULP.

Being truthful I don’t want to resit the test at all.  I would rather take longer to sit the test to ensure I get it right and sit it once.

So your asking what is my ideal score,minimum over 600.  I need over 600 just apply to business school.  My tutor thinks I can achieve mid 600’s.  I can’t tell you have relieved I was when I heard that (and yes that’s another story.)

So I’m on track to achieve my goal…I just need to focus and work hard and practice those exam questions.  And now I’m stressed! This does not do my studying/revising any favours.

So why am I stressed? let me see:

  • Work is busy and I’ve hardly taken any holiday.
  • I work or study (ie limited social life)
  • Hockey season has ended (ie I’m not playing sport).

So what are the solutions?

  • Tell someone; For me this included my boss, and some of my close friends and a trip to the doctor.
  • Undertake some selfcare! Below is essentially a list of possible ways.
  • Take holiday-I’m having a week off work.
  • Relax! for me this means reading some trashy books and watching bad TV.
  • Take a break from studying. So far I’ve lasted 52 hours. Though since I’m seeing my tutor on Saturday guess it means I will be studying tomorrow.
  • Get a social life.  Wednesday nights are now my new social night.
  • Sport/excercise; mmm…need to do that.  Looks, like I will be digging out my running shoes. I’ve just got my new bike fixed, so that’s another option.  Will let you know how I do on that score.
  • Feel less guilty when I don’t study (work in progress).
  • Realise that this is temporary-exam is on the 10th June and then it will all be over.
  • The exam doesn’t matter in the long run.
  • The GMAT is just one of the hoops I need to jump through and all the admission tutors say a great GMAT doesn’t guarantee admission and a score in the mid 600’s doesn’t preclude you either.

Anyone got any hint or tips/ or been through something similar?


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