We all spend our days thinking about and interpreting what is happening to us. This 'self-talk' is like an internal voice, that can be reasonable and helpful (e.g. 'I'd better do some preparation for that exam') or negative and destructive (e.g. 'I'm going to fail for sure').
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Think about a recent assignment or past exam to help identify your current pattern of self-talk. In recalling this past experience, consider the following points:
- What were you telling yourself?
- Was it positive or negative?
- What were your feelings?
- What did you learn from these feelings?
If you described negative feelings and statements, try to change them into positive self-talk and consequent positive actions. You may discover that you undermine yourself by negative self-talk. Keep re-wording negative statements into positives. Positive self-talk is a powerful tool.
This advice for teenagers facing exams has some useful guidelines on self-talk.