Whether we like it or not, exams are a large deciding factor in life’s success. As early as kindergarten and as late as college, tests determine whether or not an individual is knowledgeable enough to advance to the next phase of his or her education. Many people become anxious and unnerved by the thought of sitting for an important exam. Unfortunately for those who experience test anxiety, their performance is often weakened. Despite hours of studying and preparing for the exam, they are simply incapable of overcoming their feelings of nervousness.
One of my good friends that I study with quite often suffers from test anxiety. I know he is intelligent—he often tutors me in some of the material I am unclear on—yet his grades rarely reflect his mastery of the class material. When he finally told me about his text anxiety, I gave him the best advice I could think of. I told him, “Dude, just be confident! You know the stuff better than I do, so just be confident in what you know. That is the reason we spend all of this time studying.”
He said he kept that advice in mind right before his next test…and he aced it! Whoo Hoo! Let’s all clap for him! *clap clap clap clap* I believe this shows that mindset is incredibly important in your approach to life’s events. Confidence and a good attitude can go just as far as knowledge and preparation. I have to remind myself of my own advice every now and then, especially as I get closer and closer to sitting for my first section of the CPA exam.