Exam anxiety is the experience of feeling an intense moment of fear or panic before and/or during an exam or assessment.
Causes of Examination Anxiety:
- failure to organize text information,
- poor study habits,
- worrying about past performances
- how friends and other students are doing
- negative consequences of failure
How much anxiety is good?
Yerkes-Dodson Law, where one can see the facilitating and debilitating effects of arousal on performance as an inverted "U". Taking a test where the degree of arousal or anxiety that the child portrays can be seen as beneficial to the performance.
Though, if the child doesn't have a feeling or fear or failure or some sort of encouragement to perform well on the test, then the child is unlikely to put the necessary effort into preparing or being motivated when taking the test and so he or she will not perform to their fullest potential.
But much anxiety triggers negative thinking about performance and/or the physical reaction to thinking about the upcoming exam: "I'm going to fail", "I quit", "My heart is leaping out of my chest and I can't focus.
Therefore,managing anxiety effectively can actually help uplifting exam performance, therefore follow these basic steps:
Take control of your preparation: Design a schedule by dividing number of topics by number of days and aim to complete the quotient obtained from the above calculation on each day.
Reward yourself: On completing the required number of topics , reward yourself with something of your choice .
Strategize Well : Plan how to to frame the answers in the exam ,use acronyms, web and flow charts ,tables to memorize and organize the information.
Follow the 3R's while reading text -Read,Recite and Review
Train your brain: Mock testing can help you becoming familiar with the anxiety provoking situation , give you a clearer statement about your progress and can assist you in managing time.
STOP DAYDREAMING: visualizing success without any efforts put in won't pay off. Be realistic by giving yourself logical self talk.
Stop Unnecessary Conversations: Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity, who will distract your preparation. When feeling nervous,talk to your trusted friend ,parents,counselor and teachers who would motivate you.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated :Eat at regular intervals to maintain the energy levels and. Make sure you drink enough water before and during your exam as dehydration makes you lose concentration.
Exercise: Exercise can dramatically reduce the symptoms and help you better cope with stress overall.
Most importantly, Breathe and Relax .Use the techniques outlined above to keep your balance,and maintain your calm.Keep faith in yourself as we are sure that you will make yourself,your parents and the school proud.
Stay Focused and Do Well.......All the Best.....!!!!!!!