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Going blank in an exam

Here are two things you can do if you find that you have gone completely blank and you don't know what to do. The first thing you can do is approach it on a physical level and begin breathing very deeply. Just let your mind go blank, flow with it for a few minutes breathing in and out as deeply as you can. Close your eyes if you like and just come around gently once your body is feeling more relaxed.

If you are just about to start writing on a certain question and your mind goes blank, just start writing anything at all on some scrap paper. Perhaps write the name of the topic, scribble down anything you can think of about the subject, and just see what happens. Hopefully this should jog your memory and get you thinking about the topic again. If it still does not work though, skip the question and come back to it later. Don't spend precious time agonising over something that will probably return to you as your mind is prompted by other material on the exam.

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