The Ultimate Guide To Exam Confidence

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The secret to exam success is having strong self-confidence. This is what is going to allow you to sit an exam feeling ready and able. You will know you belong there and can give your best and achieve success.

Here are the three steps to build exam confidence.

Exam Confidence

Watch your Inner Dialogue

The person we talk the most with is ourselves. We talk to ourselves all day long, every day. You make a decision, analyse a situation and draw conclusions all day with your inner dialogue. There is absolutely nothing wrong with talking to yourself. It’s completely natural.

Everybody is doing it. Most of us do it in our head and some people need to actually say it out loud. In both cases, again, it’s all completely normal. We’re thinking things out. Inner dialogue simply refers to your thoughts or that little voice in your head. The one helping you analyse what is going on around you and make decisions accordingly. It’s a 24/7 job.

This is why you have to be aware of it and watch what kind of inner dialogue you have. You can then capture how you make a decision and most importantly how you talk to yourself.

The problem with inner dialogue, if you don’t pay attention to it, it may go in the wrong direction for you.

Who needs enemies when you spend your day insulting yourself already?

So I want you to put your attention to your inner dialogue. Listen to the way you talk to yourself, the way you react to some situations.

2 Simples Steps to Do It

Here are some of the most common negative sentences you may be telling yourself

  1. I’m so stupid
  2. I can never do anything right
  3. Why does it never work for me
  4. This test is too hard for me
  5. I’m not intelligent enough to succeed

Can you imagine what would happen if you actually become your own best friend? Cheer yourself up, acknowledge your achievement and praise your talents.

Positive affirmations are positive thoughts and statements that we tell ourselves to raise our self-esteem and boost our confidence. As the name suggests, they need to be written in the affirmative and contain only positive words and grammar.

Happiness and joy are not provided by material goods or temporary mood fixers. It is through the process of challenging the way you think and creating a new, more positive one.

Using the negative sentences, start writing yourself positive sentences that you need to hear every day and are true.

  1. Looking at your negative self-talk, what is currently making you feel down?
  2. Challenge the negative beliefs you’ve written down by contrasting them with an opposing positive affirmation.
  3. Your sentence needs to be written down in the present tense using positive words
  4. Keep it short. The shorter and more concise your affirmation is, the more powerful it will be.
  5. Make it effective by using words that speak to you



Here are some examples of positive affirmations to get you started:

  • I am strong.
  • I am confident.
  • I believe in myself.
  • I am important.
  • I am brave.



Exam Confidence

Bank on your Past Achievements

Using a Success Bank makes it your duty to bank all your success. It directly impacts your level of confidence. Think of all the times when you were successful. There are so many more than you can remember. First, start by making a list of the ones you were able to recall.

The more you will deposit in your success bank, the more you will be able to withdraw. Afterwards, claim back success from the past. The aim here is to build up your confidence by continually reminding you of all you achieved in life. Recall as many details as possible about each one of them. This way, you can experience them better in the future. 

To build your Success bank, use a clean jam jar. Any container will do, but the jam jar offers the bonus of being transparent, which helps the process. Using the list you just wrote about your past achievement, create pieces of paper to transcribe your text. Fold each piece of writing a few times and place them inside your container. You see now why the jam jar is better. You can look at it to remind yourself of your accomplishments.

After that, make it a daily habit to add a recent win. Just for a few weeks to get the hang of it. Once you’re confident about it, make a deposit once a week with all your victories of the week.

This way, you will be able to see your bank grow and grow. Anytime you feel down or that you’re good to nothing. Open the container, read one of your achievements and let it sink in. “There’s no such thing as failure. There’s only learning.”

Exam Confidence

Visualize yourself succeeding with this guided meditation

For this one, I refer you to my free guided meditation available on my Youtube Channel.

Sit back, relax and let me guide you on the path to reaching your goals. 

I really hope you enjoyed the tips I share with you today. If you wish to discuss this topic further, do not hesitate and contact me at karina@ktconfidencecoaching.ie.



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