“We live in a test-conscious, test-giving culture in which the lives of people are in part determined by their test performance”.
Every student who strives to become a high-achiever will experience exam stress. It’s an inevitable part of student life. There is nothing more terrifying in a school environment than taking an exam. In general, timed exam frequently gives me anxiety. During an exam, I usually feel under pressure.
This pressure frequently results from the feeling of anxiety and nervousness, which can sometimes cause me to do poorly on my test/exam/quizzes. I often to blame for this consequence because I put too much pressure on myself, which I consume too much time thinking about how challenging the exam would be and the outcome of the test. Regrettably, this negative strategy significantly increases my “exam stress anxiety”. Throughout the exam, I found myself looking at the time counting down than the exam itself. Also, I spend too much time on some questions rather than skipping it and going back. Moreover, I felt rushed, made careless mistakes, simply ran out of time, misread or misinterpreted the question and didn’t think the answer through and definitely felt very stressed and anxious.
And sometimes, my mind went blank. My preparation for the exam didn’t exactly help either. Although I spend too much time answering the chapter quizzes and only skimming the book and reading it twice without really comprehending what was the given information. Also, my plan of procedure to make myself better is to slow down and use positive self-talk; “I can do this”. Answering the easier questions first should strengthen my confidence and mark the questions that I can’t answer easily and come back to them later.
Also, to not waste too much time on a single question. Moreover, I need to slow down and read the questions thoroughly and understand it. Another plan of action that I’m also considering is to make enough effort organizing my notes/note cards, time management, and most of all not to beat myself up and stay positive. Overall, I think I did a good job reaching the course objectives for this class in the assignment that were given.
I see that I still have some areas to work on in the future, but I think for the most part I have improved nicely and feel assured about my capacities to tackle another subject for the upcoming semester(s). And I’m also planning on attending some of the workshops that the school offers. I agree with the statement that “stress is in the eyes of the beholder”. Stress is indeed an alteration in the body’s balance, in reaction to an adverse or disturbing event. Stress can result in the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it. However, stress develops not from an experience, such as failing an exam or winning the lottery, but from how we respond to it. Stress is found everywhere, in all aspects of life.
Unfortunately, it is inevitable and unavoidable.