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5.2 Technique 1: Self-talk

Activity 13

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes.

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.

  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.