Exam stress is a feeling of pressure that many young people feel coming up to exam time. It usually occurs during the revision period before the exam and immediately before the exams.
Stress is defined as an individual’s response to pressure. A small amount of pressure can be useful to keep you focused during exam time. For some students, when they experience too much pressure for a long period of times, it becomes stressful and exam preparation and study impossible.
Why do People Experience Exam Stress?
You might experience it because
- You often need to learn and recall a large amount of information for an exam.
- Exams always have an element of uncertainty about them.
- You may need a particular exam result to gain entry into another course or career path.
What does it feel like?
Symptoms of Exam Stress Include
- Losing touch with friends
- Feeling extra cranky and low
- Sleeping poorly
- Difficulty getting motivated to start work
- Feeling confused or having your mind going blank during the exam
- Having a racing heartbeat or feeling sick
Causes of Exam Stress
LACK OF PREPARATION AND PLANNING
It is generally observed that students start their preparation for exams as soon as they get their exam time table. They then realize that they don’t have much time for preparation as the syllabus is vast.
Most parents want their child should come out with flying colours in all the exams. However, all students are not equally talented and this limits their ability to perform well in the exam. Parental expectations can lead to stress for some students as they might strive to match up to their parents’ expectation in spite of limited capacities.
COMPETITION FROM PEERS
There is cut-throat competition these days among students when it comes to their academic performance. It builds up a lot of pressure that leads to stress especially in mediocre students as they associate it mostly with the fear of rejection.
Management of Exam Stress
PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME
Prioritizing your time, subjects and workload will help to reduce your stress level. If you have got more than one exam to tackle, draw out a simple diagram with dates of each exam and how many topics need covering for each. This will give you a clear idea of how much time you need to dedicate each exam topic and when you need to get started to your revision.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
Setting realistic goals whether you have several weeks, days or hours before your exam, helps you to put everything perspective. Acceptance of your situation and working within realms of what you have maximized your productivity without the burning yourself out.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Not sleeping right can affect your mood, leading to an excess of stress. If you are still in high school, aim for 8.5 to 10 hours of sleep at night, if you are over 18, 7.5 to 9 hours should be enough.
If you exercise regularly don’t neglect your workout routine during exam time. Exercise can help regular your mood, leading to lower overall stress.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brainpower but ambient music can work too.
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