Having spent the better part of the previous evening in solving a particularly tricky math problem you are stupefied when you cannot crack a similar question. You have completely blanked out and, there are no resources that now come to your rescue from the recesses of your mind and YOU PANIC.
Sounds familiar? There is a simple solution to overcome this:
• CALM DOWN. Consciously remove the feeling of fear and you will be able to look at the question objectively, instead of feeling daunted by it.
• Do not think about the problem for a few minutes. Instead think about pleasant thoughts that help calm your nerves.
• Think positive. Remind yourself that you have studied this problem and will be able to solve it.
• Once you are relatively calmed look at the question from an objective perspective and proceed to solve it.
There is no replacing positive reaffirmation and single-minded attention to the problem on hand. So concentrate and solve it.