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How to eliminate my grave fear for examinations which is associated with the tragic end of my academic career due to some of my family matters?

I am totally unable to withstand the fear of failing in the examination. This takes me to extreme anxiety and finally force me to give up or escape or fail in the exams.

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do you do any physical exercise? it can really help you with anxiety and if you started feeling good about your body. it will automatically translate in your life including the exams. – maz3tt Dec 11 '12 at 10:04
@mazhar kaunain baig, I walk a lot. And, it is not going to improve anything relating to exam-fear. – user2963 Dec 12 '12 at 1:05
Sorry to hear it but I don't get it. You passed your bank job interview and exam way back and that proved that you could deal with exam. If you need clearer tactics you'll need to let us know what the exam formats are (there may be tips and tricks from the users here.) If it's an official professional qualifying exam, tell us what it is because other users who had done the exam may be able to share their experience. Lastly, if you are operating in a life that one failed exam will completely ruin it, you need more formal help from a life coach, a career adviser, and/or a psychologist. – Penguin_Knight Dec 14 '12 at 13:53
Just a quick tip that's to short to post an answer: Professors can always find a way to fail you, there's no getting around that. They can't, however, fail everyone. A good strategy can be to be better than everyone. I know this is not very descriptive but you can always find a way to be the best. – Syd Kerckhove Aug 1 '14 at 6:45
  1. Think of "What is the worst that may possibly happen ?" Accept that situation and start working for the exam. World will not come to an end if you fail but what is the alternative ? Ask yourself - What can you achieve by avoiding the exam ?
  2. Think of thousands / hundreds of others who have passed or are appearing for the same exam. Your are not alone in having to face the exam and facing family responsibilities.
  3. If possible try to study/revise in a group. Teaching/sharing knowledge is an excellent way of learning and reducing stress.

Wish you all the best!

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(1) Sometimes world may come to an end. For example, if I fail in the coming exam, I lose my job. Then, I will not find any other job as my age is already over. And, I can not achieve anything avoiding the exam. Moreover, I came from a poor family. (2) I am not ready to think of others at all, my life is my life. Nobody will come to help if I fall into any trouble. (3) Group study is a waste of time. The most likely outcome is gossiping. – user2963 Dec 12 '12 at 1:02

Just a hint: if you know you have what it takes to pass the examination or have the means and the knowledge to get there - then why worry? On the other hand if you are certainly doomed - if you know for sure that you cannot do anything to pass the examination - then, yet, why worry.

If you are uncertain and not all is black/white: then try putting things in perspective, how would this problem will look like after a week? A month? A year? Probably in any case it will be quite relatively small and unimportant because you will be definetely moved on to bigger problems :)

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What kind of answer is this? – user2963 Dec 11 '12 at 0:28

There are two times to try to allay your fear.

Before the exam How do you put this out of your mind to study? This is usually easier because you aren't at an exam. Or you can go for a walk (or relieve stress) and then return to studying.

During the exam When I tutored in college, I told people not to think about anything but the exam. No thinking about scores or other exams or the pet cat. Only the questions on the exam. There is plenty of time to fret about preparation and how one did after the exam. The idea is to trick yourself into thinking it doesn't matter for 1 hour so you can focus on the questions and do your best.

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I recommend Mindfulness training. It has been shown to help you cope confidently with exam related demands. It helps to switch your nervous system out of flight/fight mode and into a relaxed aware state.

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