What is Exam Stress?
Stress of exam; It is defined as intense anxiety, which
prevents the effective use of the knowledge learned before the exam and leads
to a decrease in success.
What is exam stress related to?
The meaning attributed to the exam, the image created in the
mind related to the exam, the references to the situation after the exam and
the importance given to the gains after the exam are effective on the formation
of the test stress.
What are the symptoms of exam stress?
Restlessness, anxiety, anxiety, distress, fear of failure,
unwillingness to work, nausea, tachycardia, chills, dry mouth, internal
distress, sweating, sleep disturbances, abdominal pain, etc. physical complaints,
impaired attention and concentration, decreased self-confidence, poor and
unworthy vision, are common symptoms.
How do you know when you experience test stress?
A marked decrease in student success is observed. There is a
delay in studying, refusing to talk about exam and exam preparation. They are
uncomfortable with asking questions. Distraction, inability to focus, A
noticeable increase in physical complaints (abdominal pain, nausea, sweating,
sleep disturbance, anorexia, or conversely overeating, general unhappy mood,
etc.) indicate poor performance despite hard work.
What are the effects of exam stress?
The main effects of exam stress are not being able to convey
what has been learned, not understanding what it is reading, difficulty in
organizing thoughts, decreased attention, focus on the content of the exam
itself, weakening in mental skills, low energy, and physical disturbances. Exam
stress is misleading as it contains unrealistic expectations and comments. It
makes the student unable to control his own behavior without realizing it.
Why does Test Stress occur?
Having unrealistic ways of thinking are the most important
processes in the formation of stress. It is more common in those who are prone
to anxiety (perfectionist, competitive). The expectations and pressure of the
social environment is also an important factor.
What are the negative automatic thoughts that have an effect
on the occurrence of exam stress?
"I am not ready for the exam", "This
information is very unnecessary and ridiculous. Where and when will I use it?
”“ Why are the exams being held? What do I need? ”“ This information will not
work for me in the future. “I know, I will not be successful in this exam” “The
exam will be bad” “There are too many topics, which one should I prepare for?”
Are negative automatic thoughts that are frequently observed.
What are alternative thoughts?
What should I do? ”“ I can do the best I can do? ”“ What is
the worst thing that can happen? ? “Even if I cannot study all the resources, I
can prepare for the exam by giving priority to important sections, at least I
earn points from these sections” “If I succeed, I will exceed an important
turning point in my life. Failure does not show that I am lazy and incompetent.
It means that I have to work harder.