Get ready to pass every test & exam


The fear of failure can either be positive - motivating you to do well, or negative - limiting performance when the fear is so intense that it paralyses and lock you into a failure spiral.

A negative fear of failure is a survival brain response, and this part of the brain does not think rationally before it responds. Without rational thinking - logical reasoning and creative problem solving, and positive emotions to unlock memory and motivation, you can neither concentrate on reading the test questions nor answer them well. You may only catch a word here and there, assume what has been asked and write down any answer that comes to mind.

In contrast to a negative fear of failure, a positive fear of failure enables you to be alert, to focus, concentrate, read carefully and with comprehension. Now you can approach the test or exam like any challenge and combine all your knowledge, creativity and passion to succeed!

A child or student with a negative fear of failure needs to:

  • Be prepared and get ready.
  • Move out of survival mode and closer to learning success.
  • Know enough to feel safe enough and in control of both his thinking and his emotions to prevent him from making silly mistakes and underachieving.
  • Warm up the brain for success.


Step 1: Get ready everyday

  • Take the necessary books to class every day.
  • Write down the homework after each period.
  • Make sure that you understand your work every day, and ask for help if you don’t because each day’s work follows on the previous work
  • Complete the most difficult work first
  • Check your attitude. Remember that you are preparing for your own future. Your success depends on your own efforts

Top tips to get ready 


  1. Concentrate: Avoid things that divert your attention, e.g. radio, TV, Facebook, mms, etc.
  2. Complete each day’s homework.
  3. Do revision daily and weekly.
  4. Stay at home during the week and socialise over the weekends.
  5. Select TV programmes with care. Less is more.

Step 2: Get ready - study fitness 

  1. Study regularly from the first day of school.
  2. Study in a well-ventilated room with adequate lightning. Use a comfortable desk and chair.
  3. Design and follow a study time-table.
  4. Determine your own concentration period and take a short break now and then.
  5. Exercise frequently; participate in outdoor activities, but return to your studies.
  6. Get a total picture of your work by reading it through as a whole; then start identifying key words and writing short summaries which must be revised regularly.
  7. Revision must be spread over a period. Avoid cramming just before the test or exam.
  8. Do not stop studying as soon as you think you know the subject matter. Repetition improves memory.
  9. Talk to your subject teacher whenever something is not clear to you.
  10. Change the intensity of concentration by varying your work load. Avoid continuous concentration on one subject matter.
  11. Get enough sleep.

Step 3: Brain warm-up time! 
Eat food - not junk. Water is brain fuel.

Boost the essential skills for test writing by taking a few sips of water, stretch your hands and fingers wide open a few times and do some Memory and confident test writing Mind Moves before writing a test or exam.

Click here for some of these memory and confident test writing exercises.

Step 4: Get ready - examination technique 

  1. Do not leave studying until last minute.
  2. Do not think continuously about your work before the examination. It leads to unnecessary anxiety.
  3. Do not consume a large meal before exams - blood must flow to the brain and not the stomach.
  4. Make sure your writing materials are in order.
  5. Do Mind Moves before you start.
  6. Read the examination paper VERY carefully.
  7. The mark allocated is a good guide to know how much to write and how much time to spend on a question.
  8. Write neatly.
  9. Do not waste time on things that you cannot do immediately. Do the questions you are able to answer and return afterwards to those you couldn’t do.                                                    

Contact your nearest Advanced Mind Moves Instructor for a Study Fitness sessions and see how your child excel! 

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