Arvind Otta, 18 Jan, 2022

Exam Performance Anxiety in Students

Exam Performance Anxiety in Students

"I don't know what's happening. My stomach hurts badly. I can't breathe, I can't stand. I am feeling very hot. Neither I want to do anything, nor go anywhere."

"My hands are shaking, I can't write anything, I don't remember anything."

These were the words of an "A+" student of an English school whom just a week before the examinations refused to appear for exams to the extent that he refused to come out of his bedroom. Started talking loud alone, pulling his hair, twisting fingers of right hand, stopped talking to anyone and stopped eating, sleeping, changing clothes, unable to communicate etc. Such a condition is a big concern of the present day scenario when the exams are approaching. Every child is under great pressure of fighting his own battle. On the other hand, parents are getting short of skills to handle such a situation. 

Test anxiety is "an uneasiness or tensions that can interfere or even impair a test- takers ability to think and perform on a test". Test anxiety is a form of Performance anxiety that refers to self-consciousness and anxiousness about the quality of one's performance- an awareness that hinders performance instead of helping.

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