Exam Period

Hanging over your head, waiting patiently in the dark to catch you unprepared and nervous, is one type or another of end of year exams. Being a uni student, I have finished my semester and am preparing to sit my end of semester exams. I know that many of our students are preparing for their November AMEB exams which are coming up in a few weeks time.

Remembering the days when I had to go in for my upcoming AMEB piano exams, I shudder at the thought of sitting in the stuffy corridor of the exam location, anxiously awaiting the examiner to call out my name. For some reason, the walls of the corridor seemed to be closing in, and it seemed to be getting harder and harder to take in breaths of air as the time drew near for my exam.

And maybe it was just my paranoia hitting me, but for some odd reason, the examiner always seemed to be an old, grumpy man or woman who never wanted to pass anyone, but just exerted their dominance and authority over you to see if you would crack under the pressure.

Now I’m sure these days, all examiners are friendly and warm, and do not mark you harshly for one error or fail you for not sitting up straight, but in the unfortunate event that you do get a grumpy old mean examiner, here are a few tips to help you pass:

  1. Know your pieces back to front! This means practicing every day until the day of your exam.
  2. Revise your theory well before the exam day. Cramming the night before will not get you far!
  3. Eat a good breakfast and take a bottle of water with you. Drinking plenty of water will ensure that the walls will stop closing in on you.
  4. Listen carefully to your examiner’s instructions. They might only say something once.
  5. Be confident! You are a good musician, have come very far, and you are only sitting the exam because your teacher knows you can pass with flying colours.

So good luck to all our students undertaking their exams!


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