Exam anxiety is a phenomenon that concerns a large part of the society in our country. Considering that millions of students and families are affected by this process every year, we can better understand how important the situation is.
So what is this test anxiety? Why does it happen?
First, let’s briefly define what learning is; Learning is not an abstract event or situation. Learning occurs with protein chains formed between nerve cells in the brain. Nerve cells are different from muscle cells due to their properties. Due to this difference, whose scientific name is ‘non-response time’, among many differences, it is not possible for the brain to experience a fatigue similar to the one that occurs in the muscles of a running athlete or someone carrying heavy loads, as a result of ‘working hard’. In other words, it is not possible to fill or tire the brain through learning. But what about the fatigue that the student feels during learning?
There is fatigue, of course. But this fatigue is either muscle fatigue from keeping the body in a certain shape, or emotional fatigue from wanting to do something else. Otherwise, none of the events that occur during learning cause fatigue. Or to put it more clearly, just taking a deep breath is sufficient to relieve the fatigue that occurs in the brain during learning.
So why do students experience fear of exams?
In fact, there is a need for stressors that do not exceed a certain level in order to maintain health and make progress. In other words, a certain level of stress is necessary in order to progress towards the goal. Otherwise, the ‘stray man’ mode called by the ancients will be entered, which makes it difficult to reach the goal. However, it should be noted that this level varies from person to person. Anxiety is basically caused by the meaning of the event for the person, not the event itself that disturbs the person. That is, it depends on what the person means to that event. Many students think that with the exam, their personality and existence are evaluated. With the ANXIETY caused by such an assessment, changes in body chemistry prevent the formation of protein chains in the brain that are necessary for learning. More precisely, anxiety impairs mental activity towards ‘reasoning and abstract thinking’. For this reason, high test anxiety is one of the most important factors that lead to student failure. It is obvious that students who can control this anxiety, that is, who have developed skills to cope with anxiety, will be little affected by the negative consequences of anxiety.
What should our students pay attention to?
Let’s take a look at these;
– Focus on the process, not the outcome of the exam
– Thinking about the exam and its results will waste your mental energy and time and cause you to experience exam stress. Make daily study plans and you will be amazed at how you progress.
– Avoid negative thoughts
– Always try to think positively.
Don’t waste your precious time with pessimistic and negative thoughts. No one can enter the exam with full knowledge of all the information. Some of the information will surely be forgotten, the important thing is to minimize it. Use your mental energy to learn new information and repeat old knowledge.
– Don’t compare yourself to others
Everyone has a different learning and working style.
Failure in one test does not mean that you will fail the next. Instead of thinking about what others are doing, it will be more beneficial to try to complete your deficiencies.
– Act with a plan, study correctly and effectively
– It is very important to make short-term plans while studying.
Each completed goal will make you feel better and more eager to take the next step.
– Working by memorizing without understanding will also cause information to be forgotten quickly, weakening your ability to comment.
Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers about things you don’t understand, even if it’s something very simple.
– Know yourself well, determine how you learn best.
– And make sure you take time to rest. The important thing is not to work hard, but to work effectively.
– Keep your motivation high
– Never lose your self-confidence. Remember your past successes, even small ones.
– Do not hesitate to seek support from your family and teachers
– Do not hesitate to ask for help when you are feeling down, when you have difficulty in learning a certain subject, or when you have difficulty in creating your study program. Remember, every successful athlete has a trainer who leads them to success. Sometimes it is very useful to tell us about some of our shortcomings that we cannot see from the outside.
– Pay attention to your diet
– Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
Do not eat greasy and heavy meals. If you take too much caffeine-containing beverages, it will cause irritability and palpitations. You can make an appointment with our center for expert support to show your child’s real performance in exams and to manage exam anxiety-exam stress correctly. Exam questions that your child will answer in a way away from exam anxiety will support your child to be one step ahead of other students. I wish success to all students…