How to Turn Your Worst Fears to Exam Solutions

Exam Solutions Writing Help
How to overcome exam fear and tips for preparation 

Knowing how to answer essay questions on an exam was never easy. My intention is to leave you with exam essay writing tips. It boils down to how prepared you are.

The best solution is to be prepared well in advance. That is the only way you can conquer your exam fears. Don’t leave it too late.

Secret of Success in Exams

Exam preparation is a skill everyone can acquire over time through practice. The sooner you begin the better exam solutions you get.

In Benjamin Franklin’s words “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” I have sat for many exams in my life. As a result, I discovered exam solutions that work for me based on a holistic approach.

Holistic approach to how to write exam paper neatly 

A holistic approach deals with the whole of something and not just a part. In relation to exams, using a holistic approach makes you cover all aspects of exam preparations instead of focusing just on the 5-10 exam writing tips.

Tips to overcome Exam Fever

By just knowing that tomorrow you will be having an exam can be so nerve-racking. It’s quite normal to react in that manner considering we all aim to do well. However, a lot goes into the preparations for you to have the best outcome in your exams.

Exam Solutions – Know Your Subject

Knowing your subject is one of the best exam writing solutions. Get in the habit of making constant revisions to improve your performance and knowledge base. Ultimately, you will become an expert in your subject area.


Learning doesn’t stop in the lecture room. After taking your lecture notes, go an extra mile. Go over your notes just to make sure you understand your subject in and out.


If there is anything you are not sure about, don’t shy away from approaching your tutor or fellow college mates to get things clarified.


Let’s say, for example, you have been given 5 topics to choose from for your essay writing, then you choose 1 topic and write your assignment on. When you get your feedback make sure you understand where you went wrong so that if a similar topic features in your exam, you know exactly how to answer it.


Out of the 5 topics you have been given, you can only choose 1 question to answer. Apart from writing all your assignments, which is key to passing your exams, you need to go the extra mile. Go beyond what you have covered during lessons. Including paying attention to the other topics you didn’t choose to write essays on.


One simple way is to borrow your mates’ essays, not to plagiarise them but for the purpose of reading them to broaden your knowledge base.


Not all people manage to attend all lessons or lectures lined up for them. For every lesson that you miss, make it a point that you get the notes so that you catch up with others.


The whole point of using a holistic approach is to say there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes before you actually sit down to write your exams. Your focus must not be entirely centred on your studies.


Your health and well-being matter as well. Set some time apart to engage in social activities to refresh yourself. It all depends on your hobbies. If it’s hanging out with mates playing football or going to the cinemas to watch some movies, that refreshes you, then go for it.


Having a plan of action will make you strike a balance between your studies and playtime. Making sure that you eat well, sleep well and hang out with the right friends, all contribute towards your success on that final day you will sit to write your exams.


Writing Help Exam Solutions
Exam writing Checklist

  1. The night before your exam, prepare all the items you’re supposed to carry and put them in one place.

  2. Make sure you stick to the exam specifications such as switching off your mobile phone and other things that may lead you to get disqualified.

  3. Go to bed early and set your alarm to wake you up early enough to take a bath and eat a healthy breakfast.

  4. Knowing the venue of your exam will pay off. Being able to arrive there in plenty of time is paramount.

  5. A timetable is a must-have.

  6. Don’t forget to go to the toilet before you sit down to write your exams.

  7. Most people fail not because they struggle with their subjects but due to failure to follow instructions. Reading questions between the lines is costly. It causes you to fail.

    To avoid this take your time to read and fully understand what the question requires you to do before you start writing anything. ‘Take your time” does not mean the period to understand will last forever. Budget your time wisely.

  8. This brings us to timing issues standing in your way. “Oh my gosh! I spent too much time answering question A. I knew the topic in and out but had no time to even tackle question B.”


I’m sure it sounds familiar. We all have been there. It’s devastating to know you could have passed if you had answered all the questions. Budget your time first and make sure you stick to the times you plan to spend answering each question.


Please feel free to leave comments below or ask any questions you may have in relation to my post How to Turn Your Worst Fears to Exam Solutions. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Why share? I’m sure we all have written exams before at some point in our lives.


12 Comments to “How to Turn Your Worst Fears to Exam Solutions”

  1. Marlaine says:

    I really like what you said about balance… it’s so important to be refreshed and clear minded before you sit for an exam! Unfortunately, many people instead pull all-nighters, cramming in everything they can at the last minute, eating junk food to “reward themselves” for studying so much… but really, taking care of yourself, your brain too, helps much more!
    Strange tip to add: I ALWAYS made sure I had peppermints with me for during the exam… popping something fresh tasting in my mouth oddly enough gave me a bit of a peppy wake-up moment when I was starting to drag a bit during a long sit!

    1. Femia says:

      Thank you so much, Marlaine, for your comment and the tip, much appreciated.

  2. Smart Prince says:

    Next month I have to sit for 3 exams and there wouldn’t have been a better time for me to come across your article. I just loved your article.
    Short yet full of important things to remember.

    I so much agree with you that giving time to refreshment like going out with friends MATTER a lot. Engrossing oneself in studies all the time does more harm than good.

    This article is certainly a gem for someone who’s gonna write an exam soon.

    Thanks a ton!

    1. Femia says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. I’m really pleased that you found 1 or 2 tips working for you. Good luck in your exams.

  3. Nate says:

    I remember essays back when I was in college, as someone who made it through, I can say that the advice that you provide can help in a very important way. I especially enjoy the point you say that you need to plan in advance. For me that was important and I can imagine that it would be important for anyone else who wants to make it through college.

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Nate, thank you so much for letting me know that this article is handy for those who want to make it in their exams.

  4. Liz says:

    Good tips for exam preparation. I remember back when I took exams at university despite going to bed early, I often would not get a good sleep the night before as my mind was on over drive having studied all day leading up to the exam.

    If I had my time over, I would have learned meditation techniques to calm my mind down before going to sleep as well as some calming qigong exercises-which is what I do now in order to sleep well, but I no longer take exams!

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Liz, thank you for your encouraging comment. A friend of mine once told me that yoga and meditation can work wonders in students preparing for exams.

  5. Jackie says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.
    I have always been absolutely hopeless as taking exams.
    I was never given any clues or advice about how to go about studying for an exam.
    If your advice had been available, maybe I would have been able to cope with the stresses on exam taking.
    Thank you

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Jackie, thank you so much.I appreciate that you took the time to share your experiences. I hope those about to sit their exams will also find it useful.

  6. Leo says:

    I really wished I had access to your tips and guide when I was a student! But I guess it isn’t too late as I still have postgraduate studies and courses that requires examination even though I am part of the working force. I especially like the checklist you provided! It is very detailed and explains on the steps to undertake an examination well!

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Leo. thank you so much for taking your time to leave some awesome feedback.
      I am glad to hear that you found my blog post, ‘How to Turn Your Worst Fears to Exam Solutions’ informative.
      On using the same hints and tips I have shared for your postgraduate exams, I think that also works pretty well.
      You also need to apply the same principles of revising your modules in plenty of time and seeking help or clarifications where you get stuck.
      This also touches on getting enough sleep the night before your exams and getting up ready before start time.
      Good luck in your postgraduate studies.

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