EXAMINATION STRESS

Topics: Anxiety, Self-esteem, Fear Pages: 18 (738 words) Published: December 2, 2014
Examination Stress

Ajay Kumar Dogra,
U.I.A.M.S, P.U. Chandigarh
Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

We live in a test-conscious, test giving
culture in which the lives of people are in
part determined by their test performance.
(Sarason et al., 1960).
Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Stress……
Examination stress, depression and anxiety are
prevalent problems in students across the
country.
 A student under a certain level of stress and
anxiety bring out his or her best in
examination.
 Stress is a natural physical and mental
response to an emotional strain or suspense.
 The human body responds to events that
provide stress by activating the nervous
system


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Anxiety…..

cognitive: the negative thoughts and
depreciating self-statements that occur during
assessments and the performance-inhibiting
difficulties
 affective: the person’s appraisal of their
physiological state
 behavioural: poor study skills, avoidance
and procrastination of work.


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Objectives
explore factors that contribute to student
stress.
 how students can enhance their coping
strategies and care for their Well being
during this time.
 How teachers can help students prevent or
reduce the impact of stress.


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Some statistics
Total deaths
 Year 2009
 Year 2010
 Year 2011




because of suicides (Examination stress)
= 2010
= 2479
= 2381

Mostly because of higher expectations, failures and
rejections
Not purely economic in nature

Ministry of health,GOI, 2012

Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

A pilot survey
A pilot survey was conducted to know about
examination stress among students in sec25,Chandigarh.
 Sample size-50
 Population

◦ Senior secondary students
◦ Under Graduate Students
◦ Post Graduate Students


Questionnaire

Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Findings of Survey
Exam Stress Survey revealed that 86% of
the 50 who completed the survey felt
anxious about exams and revision,
 68% felt pressure from their parents to do
well and
 60% said they have never received any
support in dealing with exams.
 38% said they try to follow stress coping
techniques


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Sources of exam stress
Pressure of getting good marks
 High expectations of parents
 Competitiveness
 Comparison with others
 Fear of being left out alone
 Fear of rejection


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Symptoms of Stress
feeling angry,
 feeling anxious,
 easily frustrated,
 regularly feeling like crying,
 having low self esteem,
 feeling restless all of the time or
 having trouble sleeping


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

What students can do…
Plan your studies
 Schedule your subjects
 Take disciplined action
 Following exercises that help in
concentrating
 Do the difficult subjects first
 Take right amount of Rest
 Avoid getting stuck
 Divide and conquer
 Study at same place and same time.


Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Role of parents


START
◦ Listening to children without judging
◦ Listen to there concerns and fears
◦ Listen to their stories
◦ Giving them attention and importance
◦ Telling them their mistakes and what to learn out
of that
◦ Listen to their likes and dislikes
◦ Motivating them.

Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

Role of parents


STOP
◦ Nagging about their studies all the time
◦ Complaining about there mistakes
◦ Criticizing them and putting them down
◦ Comparing them with other children
◦ Focusing on marks, grades and percentage only
◦ Punishing or abusing them
◦ Pushing or Pressurizing them.

Ajay Kumar Dogra,UIAMS,PU
Chandigarh

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