5.2 Technique 1: Self-talk
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.
In recalling this past experience, ask yourself the following questions.
- What were you telling yourself?
- Was it positive or negative?
- What were your feelings?
- What did you learn from these feelings?
- 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.