Revision and examinations
Revision and examinations

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Revision and examinations

5.1.1 Technique 1: Self-talk—turning negative statements into positive ones

You can guide your thinking away from general worry and self-doubt by turning negative self-statements into positive ones. This strategy is useful in all aspects of life. Figure 5 relates to an unsuccessful job interview and illustrates the process.

Figure 5
Adapted from the Exam Stress Pack, The Open University in the South
Figure 5 Positive and negative self-talk

Activity 13

  • Now try to construct an example for yourself, in relation to a past exam or test experience, in order to identify your pattern of self-talk.

Discussion

In recalling this past experience, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. What were you telling yourself?

  2. Was it positive or negative?

  3. What were your feelings?

  4. What did you learn from these feelings?

  5. What were your actions?

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.

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