School success. Anxiety is a condition that is manifested by physical, emotional and mental changes that children experience when faced with a stimulus.
In fact, many children experience tension, excitement and fear of being unsuccessful before and during the exams. This is an expected and natural feeling. The excitement of the exam ensures that we are motivated to prepare for the exam and we have an effort to pass the exam during the exam.
Symptoms of Exam Anxiety
Mental Symptoms; Forgetfulness, inability to focus attention, difficulty in remembering lesson topics, thoughts with negative comments (I will not be able to do, I will fail again, I will get bad marks and humiliate with my friends …), difficulty in reading and understanding exam questions, organizing thoughts.
Physiological Symptoms; Acceleration in the heartbeat, acceleration of breathing and breathing, tension in the muscles, sweating, chills, chills, flushing, dizziness, change in eating habits (anorexia or eating too much), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cold and damp hands, pain in the chest, pinching .
Emotional Symptoms; Tension and irritability, pessimism and fear (fear of making mistakes, forget what they know), loss of control and panic, anxiety, insecurity and helplessness, unhappiness.
Behavioral Symptoms; Inattention, freezing in exams, running (stopping studying, quitting the exam), avoiding (delaying study, not taking the exam), unwillingness to study.
Ways to Cope with Exam Anxiety
1. Work scheduled for the Exam. Planned and scheduled lessons should be studied for the exam, the exam should be prepared and worked adequately and on time.
2. Do not Study Until Exam Time. It is necessary to stop studying 2-3 hours before the exam, as studying until the end of the exams will lead to confusion of the learners.
3. Have a good sleep and rest before the exam. If your exam is going to be the next morning, sleep well at night. If the exam is on the day, take time to rest before the exam. The better you rest, the more likely you are to focus your attention and not make mistakes.
4. Eat Good And Correctly. Protein, water, vegetables, vitamins are foods that balance anxiety. Increase the consumption of this type of food during exam periods.
What Should Parents Do?
1. You should support them when they fail like when they are happy and successful, and motivate your children with positive expressions.
2. Your high expectations from your children and the negative examples you give in case they fail the exams cause your children to experience anxiety.
3. Never forget that what matters is your children’s mental health!
4. The greatest favor you can do to your children during intense exam periods should be to give them little warning unless they are too disruptive to exam preparations.
5. Families should never compare their children to others.
6. Families should not remind their children of the material and moral costs they spend on exams.