Our expert says:
Relax, Miz D, relax. No sensible person enjoys exams, and especially if we haven't done our preparation for them well in advance, most of us get anxious, even panicky, as exam time approaches. If you aren't fidgety, hyperactive and unable to concentrate the entire year through, you probably don't have ADHD. The only way to be sure of that would be to ask your parents to arange for you to see a good local psychologist for a proper assessment and a discussion of what, if anything, is wrong, and qwhat options there are for dealing with it.
A major problem in late prep for exams is that there seems to be just so much stuff to learn or revise, and it seems just an impossible pile to tackle. What helps is to organize one's study plans. Wort out what exam comes when, and in a large calendar work out what time and when, you can devote to preparing for which subject. Then sit down and make an outlione within each subject of what needs to be covered --- topics and maybe in big and complicated ones, even sub-topics. Write these out on pieces of paper, with room to tick of each section as you've done it. Where any particular topics are considered very important or very likely to turn up in the exams, underline them, so if time grows short, you can at least be sure you've covered the most important parts first.
Where there's a particular textbook to cover, make a list of chapters, and, if they're big, even list pairs of pages --- so as you work through your study prep, you can feel satisfied every so often in returning to the list and ticking off something as done. This provides you with a sort of map to navigate by, a way of seeing what still needs to be done, and by the ticking off, a way of seeing how much you have already done.
Basically, I agree with MIke, you're probably just anxious, like any intelligent person would be, and not sick at all.
And in making a daily timetable for study times, provide for a break every hour or so, to have a rest, something not distracting --- like a brisk walk round the garden, play with a pet, whatever. Avoid getting into terrifying discussions with class-mates about what's going to happen, and avoid post mortem discussions after each exam about what may have gone wrong. When you've finished an exam that's that --- there's no point in immediately worrying about what you might have done better --- it's the NEXT exam in hich you can do better -- you can't change the one you just finished.
Take it easy, and you will probably do better than you expect.
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