Exams Phobia ! Do you have exams fear? Tips to reduce stress in exams

Written by M.S. Yadav, Lecturer

 Exams are commencing. Students, parents, and teachers are intensions. Exams are a year process and will remain forever. Tensions, stress, anxiety, and fatigue are common among students. It is everybody’s responsibility to reduce the stress of students. Teachers are also helping students by providing counseling to the students. We learn together to reduce the tensions of exams. Exams are exams, tensions will prevail. Let us discuss minimizing the stress level of the students.

Exam phobia is the fear of examinations and it is common among students of all ages.  Some students develop exam phobia and it creates anxiety among students. It can create psychological disorders among students. I always try to shed away the fear of exams from the mind of my students in school. For the larger benefit of students, let us dive into the causes and solutions of Exams phobia from the minds of students.

Causes of Exam Phobia

The most common causes of exam phobia are:

  •  Fear of scoring in exams
  • Pressure of society including parents
  • Fear of letting down parents and teachers
  • Fear of admission in next class
  • More emphasis on theory as compared to  the vocational system
  • Setting of high target
  • Using grades as a symbol of self-esteem
  • Lack of regular practice

Therefore, all of us need to help the students to overcome exam phobia as it may harm a child’s physical and mental health. Generally, many students suffer from lower self-esteem and anxiety that needs to be treated. Exam phobia may lead to the poor performance of a student. Therefore, here are some ways and tips that can help in overcoming exam phobia:

How to control Exam Phobia

Do Yoga, Meditation, and Make a Plan

It is important to first calm down and relax your mind by taking deep breaths to release pressure from the mind. Do yoga and meditation. Now, with a clear and stress-free mind, note down your plan of action. Prepare a schedule to study properly before your exams so that there is time for revision sessions as well. the proper schedule will also allow the student to take breaks in between the studying session to avoid stress and to utilize time.

 Rest is best near the test and Take proper diet

Rest plays a crucial role near exams. some students do not sleep during the exams. This is the major cause of exams phobia. Therefore, one should have sound sleep during the night. Diet is also important, take enough liquid and fruits to keep the metabolism active. a balanced diet is mandatory to remain active.

Taking rest will help us with getting energized and motivated. The absence of rest will prompt weakness and stress. Thus, leading to exam phobia. At last, it will destructively impact your planning. To dodge this, guarantee that your body and mind are getting sufficient rest.

Don’t Compare Yourself with Others, Understand your weakness and strength

Students generally meet their friends and discuss each other’s preparation for the exam (progress, level of planning, and so forth) While this is nothing to worry about this could also cause stress, pressure, and nervousness. Several students generally get worried when they see their classmate’s improvement and level of progress. To overcome this, pay attention to your preparation and not make a big deal about what others are doing?

Take Small and Regular Examination Breaks

Consistently reading for long periods can make your mind and body stressed and exhausted which at last puts fear into your mind. Your mind won’t have the option to get a grip on any more information and this will add to your phobia.

Along these points, break up your examination timetable to break the pattern and do some mind relaxing and recreational exercises like singing, dancing, viewing your favorite T.V. program, calling and visiting with your friends, having snacks, and so on This way your brain will get revived and energized, and gets prepared to incorporate in more information.

Make Time for Revision to Keep Exam Phobia at Bay

Often students study till the last moment before the exam and start getting anxious as a result. It is very important to make time for revision in your timetable to avoid last-minute pressure and stress. It is impossible to retain all the information in your brain without revision. Revision can reduce exam phobia and help you to go for your exam stress-free.

Sleep Properly

Students should ensure that they sleep properly before their exams. A night of good sleep is essential before an exam because it relaxes your mind and helps to retain all the information in your brain. Improper sleep before exams can create anxiety and stress which will lead to poor academic performance. It is usually advised that the students take 7- 8 hours of sleep before the exams.

Stay Positive

Meditation is an incredible way to reduce pressure! Doing it daily can do wonders! It will carry calmness and discipline to your mind and body! In case you don’t enjoy meditation, you may do different stress-releasing exercises. Seeking after your leisure activity is a decent alternative. Commit some time day by day towards pressure-busting exercises.

All through the test planning stage, it is essential to remain positive. Accept that you’ll do well in the test. Positive considerations are known to keep pessimism and stress under control. Try not to let others demotivate you. Put stock in yourself, follow the tips referenced above, and remain positive.

Relax at Exams Center

  • Prepare everything the night before, check that you have packed your bag with everything you will need – extra pens, water, tissues, and so on. On the morning of the exam, tension can make you forget something important. So relax.
  • Talk to the other pupils before taking the exam if it helps to build your confidence, but if it just makes you more nervous, try and find a quiet corner for yourself.
  • Go to the toilet before the exam starts.
  • Take time to read the instructions and questions carefully. Many students do badly because they give the wrong number of answers or misread the questions.

We hope these tips will help you to overcome exam phobia.