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Nervous? ABRSM Exam Summer 2018

2018-06-21 10:08:36

<h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">There are three times per year where students at The Glasgow School of Music (GSofM) have the opportunity to sit their Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) graded examinations. </span></span></span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Exam time is a difficult time for everyone. It’s important to understand that each pupil will react to nerves in different ways, some will welcome them, where others won’t. While this has no reflection on ability nor does it reflect how hard the pupil has worked, this is a very natural emotion that we all go through at some point in our lives.</span></span></span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Tips;</span></span></span></span></h2> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Accept yourself and your skill level. </span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Example;</span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:square"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">To concentrate on what you're doing rather than being self-conscious, you need to accept your skill level.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Determine what is required, and what is a bonus. </span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Example;</span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:square"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">You might have higher expectations than what is needed. Maybe all you need is a Pass at Grade 1— merit or a distinction would be even better, of course, but all you need is a Pass!</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Embrace your nervousness. </span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Example; </span></span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:square"> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">It may seem counter-intuitive to accept and welcome being nervous, after all, you are trying not to feel nervous! But trying to squelch down natural feelings has a way of making them worse. </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Allow yourself to feel uneasy, but recognize that just because you feel uneasy does not mean you cannot do something.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Accept that you will feel nervous as a natural state in a given situation, just as you would feel happy, sad, or angry in a presented case. Instead of running from the feeling, allow it to be present, but not overwhelm you.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Always remember to breathe in a controlled manner!</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Try learning some techniques to take deep, relaxing breaths. These techniques will serve you in preparation for the exam and can also be done in moments of extreme nervousness.</span></span></span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">These exams are a difficult time for our students, but remember, this feeling will pass and remember that you can sit the examination and do well – you would be put forward if your tutor didn’t believe in your skill level. </span></span></span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The last thing to remember, everyone is very proud of you, your parents, friends, tutor, however, the person that should have the most pride, would be you. Just look at how much your music talent has grown and developed over this short period.</span></span></span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:15pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:#7f7f7f"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The Glasgow School of Music wishes its students the very best of luck; we would like to extend this gratitude to all other pupils taking these exams as well.</span></span></span></span></h2>

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