Yellow socks can help you with exam nerves

Ah, exams. The time of the year when we all turn into bundles of nerves, biting our nails, pulling our hair, and pacing back and forth like caged animals. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent months preparing or if you’ve left it all to the last minute, the nerves are always there, lurking in the background, ready to strike at any moment. But fear not, my fellow exam-takers, for I have some hilarious tips to help you conquer those nerves and come out on top.


First things first, let’s talk about the night before the exam. It’s tempting to cram all night, but trust me, you’ll do better if you get some sleep. So, put down that textbook and pick up a good book instead. Something funny, like a Terry Pratchett novel or a Calvin and Hobbes comic. Laughter is the best medicine, after all, and it’ll help calm those nerves. Or if that is not your bag, get listening to a podcast on true crime to shift your anxiety elsewhere!


Now, let’s move on to the morning of the exam. You wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus, your stomach churning like a washing machine. You head to the kitchen and pour yourself a cup of coffee, but then you remember that caffeine is a stimulant and will only make things worse. So, you dump it down the sink and make yourself a cup of herbal tea instead. Chamomile or matcha are good choices, as they are known for their calming and concentration properties. And if you don’t like tea, go for hot chocolate. It’s like a hug in a mug.


Next, it’s time to get dressed. You want to wear something comfortable, but not too comfortable. Pyjamas are out of the question, but so are tight jeans. Opt for something in between, like a pair of yoga pants and a T-shirt. And make sure you wear something that makes you feel confident. For me, that’s a pair of bright yellow socks. I don’t know why, but they just make me feel invincible.


Now, it’s time to head to the exam hall. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’ve got this. And if you need some extra motivation, try reciting some inspirational quotes. “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Or, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” You can even make up your own. “I am a ninja of knowledge, a warrior of wisdom. Bring it on, exam!”


Finally, it’s time to sit down and start your CIPS exam. You open the paper and… oh no. You don’t know the answer to the first question. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you feel like you’re going to throw up. But wait, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and read the question again. And if you still don’t know the answer, just write something funny. Like, “I have no idea what this means, but I’m pretty sure the answer is 42.” The examiner might not give you any marks for it, but at least it’ll make them laugh.


So, there you have it, folks. My tips for dealing with exam nerves. Just remember, laughter is the best medicine, chamomile tea is a hug in a mug, and yellow socks are the key to success. Now, go forth and conquer those exams!

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July