Exam stressEach year thousands of people undergo tests and exams in school, university and college. Some people rise to this pressure, take it in their stride and are able to shine. Others struggle with the pressure and expectations put on them by themselves and others. Much of this stress comes from their lack of control over the situation. Younger children have no choice in whether they sit tests, and older children are told repeatedly, and with the best intentions, that they have to succeed to get on in life. With so much at stake many young people find it hard to cope. Adults often choose to take a test for new career opportunities. What ever the reason, the stress experienced is always the same.
The consequences of not dealing with stress can be high. They can be seen in the way you think, feel and behave. You may think that if you fail an exam your whole life is a failure, or that despite revising you don’t know anything or don’t understand what is being asked of you. You may suffer the physical symptoms of stress, such as tension, tight muscles and trembling and feel anxious and worried. This can lead to you behaving in ways that prevent you doing well, using poor study skills, avoiding work and procrastination over work.
The sum total of this is you underperform and so reinforce the anxiety you feel.