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    I am in top set for Maths, and I understand everything well enough; when I do Practice Papers at home, I can get 100% on them, or close to that score. However, whenever I sit a Maths Exam at school, I seem to "freeze up" and I just panic to such an extent that I can't think clearly. I'm in Year 11 - has anyone had this before? Do you have any advice?
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    (Original post by Hodder2905)
    I am in top set for Maths, and I understand everything well enough; when I do Practice Papers at home, I can get 100% on them, or close to that score. However, whenever I sit a Maths Exam at school, I seem to "freeze up" and I just panic to such an extent that I can't think clearly. I'm in Year 11 - has anyone had this before? Do you have any advice?
    Some advice:

    When you freeze, re-read the question and highlight the bits of info given. Then think about what topic or topics the question is covering and what methods you know. If you are stuck for too long (Work out the minutes per mark ratio) and aren't getting anywhere then move on and come back to it if you have time.

    I found that drinking a small bit of water between questions helps too!
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    Drink water
    Relax for a minute or two. ( I know there might not be enough time but it's better to waste a few mins than the whole exam time)
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    There are quiet a few things you can do, what your getting is like an anxiety brain, so you need to learn to work with it.

    1. Make your breathing slower and a little deeper, anxiety comes with a quick short breath.
    2. Do a false smile - it's my theory it counteracts the flight or fight hormones and releases good hormones.
    3. Eat well and sleep well
    4. Look up at the ceiling and then down, it helps the brain remember.
    5. Certain smells - I think it's lavender - helps the brain recall certain information. Some foods do the same as well.
    6. Study in a way similar to the exam, so sit in a chair with a desk. Ideally revise at the place you will take your exam if you can.
    7. Dress for success - if given the choice- have a study outfit.
    8. Use visualisation to go through the exam in as much detail as possible.
    9. Discuss it with your teachers as they will be able to help out, if they don't I would be surprised.
    10. Don't cram all at the last minute, start your revision at least 4 months before hand, just do it at a stead pace rather then at the last minute.
    11. As you study create those mind maps, cheat sheets so as you progress towards your exams you don't have to do so much work. Put everything in to your own words.
    12. Live what you learn, teach it and you'll find areas you are missing.
    13 Be so prepared that on the day you go in knowing you couldn't have done more.
    14 If the school is playing music make sure it is classical baroque, if not get them to turn it off. Exams should be in complete silence.

    Hope that helps.
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    I was exactly the same with English Language for years. I could freeze up and convince myself that the idea I was thinking of was silly and would just end up with nothing written down. It was stupid.
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    I would suggest talking to your maths and school teachers about this as they may have some helpful tips. 🙂
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    (Original post by Purdy7)
    There are quiet a few things you can do, what your getting is like an anxiety brain, so you need to learn to work with it.

    1. Make your breathing slower and a little deeper, anxiety comes with a quick short breath.
    2. Do a false smile - it's my theory it counteracts the flight or fight hormones and releases good hormones.
    3. Eat well and sleep well
    4. Look up at the ceiling and then down, it helps the brain remember.
    5. Certain smells - I think it's lavender - helps the brain recall certain information. Some foods do the same as well.
    6. Study in a way similar to the exam, so sit in a chair with a desk. Ideally revise at the place you will take your exam if you can.
    7. Dress for success - if given the choice- have a study outfit.
    8. Use visualisation to go through the exam in as much detail as possible.
    9. Discuss it with your teachers as they will be able to help out, if they don't I would be surprised.
    10. Don't cram all at the last minute, start your revision at least 4 months before hand, just do it at a stead pace rather then at the last minute.
    11. As you study create those mind maps, cheat sheets so as you progress towards your exams you don't have to do so much work. Put everything in to your own words.
    12. Live what you learn, teach it and you'll find areas you are missing.
    13 Be so prepared that on the day you go in knowing you couldn't have done more.
    14 If the school is playing music make sure it is classical baroque, if not get them to turn it off. Exams should be in complete silence.

    Hope that helps.
    Seems very helpful - thank you!
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    (Original post by GamingAnonymous)
    I was exactly the same with English Language for years. I could freeze up and convince myself that the idea I was thinking of was silly and would just end up with nothing written down. It was stupid.
    Ikr, it's painful, especially afterwards, when my brain actually starts to work again 😂
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