It’s the night before an important event: a big exam, a major presentation, your wedding. How do you calm your nerves in preparation for the big day?
Of all the choices above I’m inclined to write about the big exam. When I was fifteen my big exam was the school final, we had moved from Rawalpindi to Comilla. Comilla is in Bangladesh, the teaching system was entirely different from what I was used to, the medium of instruction in the local schools was Bengali. I went to a school where it was English, I couldn’t register in the local school.
I prepared for the final exam at home, my brother hired a tutor for me, I didn’t feel comfortable, so I opted to study independently.
I was never the studious type, I was not fully prepared for the exam, I was not nervous at all before the exam, I calmly sat in my seat and waited for the invigilator to distribute the question paper. When I got mine I read all the questions and picked the ones I thought was not too difficult. I passed the exam.
Passing the exam while having a completely different syllabus of studies from what I did before gave me the confidence I needed to continue my studies.
After this I spent a few more years studying, by then I knew the higher I went the more complex the exams will be, I kept up the habit of studying a few weeks before the exam, I did not trip up I sailed on smoothly.
It was when I hit post graduate studies I realized I’d have to be serious from day one which I managed without any problem.
The fact that I used the least possible time studying before I got to post graduate degree, all that energy I saved up year after year came in handy, I was ready to do well and believe it or not the profs. thought I was a good student.In my very Big exam I did very well, I didn’t need to calm my nerves, I was confident I will pass and it happened!