Exam fatigue may not be fun, but it may help you get better scores

Exam fatigue may not be fun, but it may help you get better scores

Exam fatigue may not be fun, but it may help you get better scores
Exam fatigue may not be fun, but it may help you get better scores

Two-thirds of the world's youth suffer from stress levels in exams described by mental health organization ReachOut as “worrying,” research indicates that high stress levels in exams can reduce memory capacity leading to decreased performance,Early experiences of anxiety and stress can lead to mental health problems in adulthood.

Research shows that stress is a beneficial response that increases our performance. We face pressure when learning something new, starting a new business, or participating in a race, and therefore the stress response is beneficial because it can increase oxygen to the brain and improve attention, focus, and energy.

Studies indicate that people who are more clear about their feelings are more likely to thrive because of anxiety and stress and may use them to achieve their goals and find satisfaction at work, but they get bad when they assess events as a threat rather than a challenge and that we do not have enough resources to overcome.

The exams are often treated as a threat because of the potential harm or loss related to our appreciation of our identity, our obligations, our goals and our dreams, if we fail, we believe that we will not get the future we had hoped for and all our lives at stake.

How do we make tension good?

Simply stress can be good if we think it's good, and that would be beneficial for us if we developed a mindset that helps psychological stress on our performance, health, and well-being (rather than seeing it as devastating).

In a study from the United States, two groups of young men were called, the first group got information about stress before taking the exam and made it clear that stress is not harmful but it evolved to help us cope better, and the second group was told to ignore the tension and suppress their emotions.

The researchers found that the first group performed significantly better on the exam (an average of five scores improved) than the group that used the Ignore and Relaxation approach, because the first group saw stress as an opportunity and used it for self-development and reduced emotional exhaustion,But students who saw stress as a threat showed decreased effort and performance.

Four ways to make stress work for you

1. Read your body differently

Start reading your stress response as being there to help you prepare for the challenge, instead of seeing it as a threat, try seeing it as an adaptation tool.

2. Recast the meaning of the event

Instead of seeing tests as a threat, try to see them as a challenge, part of the reason why they consider a threat is that your entire future, your identity, and your value are at risk and that is not true, exams are a very small part of your life that does not decide your entire future.

3. Accept stress and negative emotions

Some of the common ways that people deal with stress are trying to relax, ignoring tension and trying to reduce it, and these methods actually promote “bad” stress rather than accepting it as a natural and beneficial reaction. These methods also lead to poor performance and emotional exhaustion.

4. But do not forget to persevere and act

It is clear that changing your way of thinking is beneficial only if you have the resources to deal with it. It will be like the athlete who is about to compete but has not trained. Put some time in studying as well,Study in different ways (read, write ideas with your own words, talk about ideas, draw them) and give yourself time to practice these ideas, if the stress response rate depends on that.

Stress will always be present in our lives while facing new challenges and growth as a person, when we see pressure as a threat it becomes a threat, it becomes a red streak that you are unable to cross, and therefore if you cannot apply our previous advice and things get out of your control, then you should see a doctor and get support. 

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