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We all spend our days thinking about and interpreting what is happening to us. This 'self-talk' is like an internal voice, that can be reasonable and helpful (e.g. 'I'd better do some preparation for that exam') or negative and destructive (e.g. 'I'm going to fail for sure').
Sometimes it is difficult to get things into perspective but here's OU student Lijing's advice on being confident about your exam.Sign in to view this video
Think about a recent assignment or past exam to help identify your current pattern of self-talk. In recalling this past experience, consider the following points.
If you described negative feelings and statements, try to change them into positive self-talk and consequent positive actions.
You may discover that you undermine yourself by negative self-talk. Keep re-wording negative statements into positives. Positive self-talk is a powerful tool.
This advice for teenagers facing exams has some useful guidelines on self-talk.