Tips for concentration?

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Hey! Im a 20 year old student and I have an exam in the morning, ive had other exams this year and struggled quite a bit. Being in enviornments where I can't leave is a massive deal for me for some reason and it triggers all my anxiety things. I usually calm down after a while but I lose valuable time that I could be writing. Any tips for calming yourself down quickly? I try to concentrate on my breath but it is difficult when you feel very nauseous. Cheers

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    Hi Jamie,

    I have the same problem as yourself and I also have an exam tomorrow! Can you start jotting down things as soon as you get in there? Just an outline even so that you'll know where to go when the official exam starts. It's not cheating since it stills come out of your head and means you have a little time to panic before starting the real thing. 

    Can you get a seat right by the door? You CAN always leave if you need to. Don't ever worry about that. 

    If you have any more years in education left, try and get yourself into the support services in your school/college/uni. This is what I did and they provide a separate room for people with anxiety or any mental health problems. You also get more time this way, about 10 mins per hour so a 3 hour exam becomes a 3 hr 30 mins exam. 

    Good luck tomorrow and remember you CAN LEAVE. No one can physically 

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      Hi, thanks for the advice. I use the uni fascilities and have been having some CBT with them, although they havent offered me a seperate room I am in a smaller room with people who have dyslexia. Its odd really as they must question why I am there as I am the only one who doesnt get any extra time. Unforutunatly I dont pick where I sit, fingers crossed it will be ok.

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    I guess I typed too much! Anyway you can leave, no one is going to sit on you to stop you from leaving. And try not to worry what people will think if you do have to leave. smile
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