India— Around 83 percent of students encounter stress the week before examinations, according to a poll by a group of pediatrics. Kids are often seen having fun and unwinding, but right before exams, worry and anxiety set in. A student preparing to take board examinations admits, “I feel most stressed the night before my exam.”
According to data from the 2019 Lokniti-CSDS Youth Survey, four out of every ten students report episodes of depression as a result of examination stress. According to the Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 53% of students feel suicidal. According to the national mental health survey 2015–16, 10.6% of adults ages 18 and over have a mental illness because of the stress they develop during their examinations.
The fear of exams among students is a thing that stays the same for every generation because of the taboos that society creates in the minds of young kids.
“Annual exams are emphasized in the Indian educational system. Instead of merely calculating final exams, the scoring policy should give weekly and monthly exams more weight. The exam’s main objective is to assess knowledge, not memory”Anshul Vashisht, co-founder, COO, and career consultant of the educational technology start-up TwinWin, made this statement in an interview with Times Now.
Students experience a very real dilemma before exams. Children who have exam phobia commonly grow grumpy, skip meals or eat excessively, undergo uneasiness and sleeplessness, and are under mental stress and strain while at school. headaches, panic attacks, and perhaps a lack of hope for the future. Along with the frequency of screening, stress, pressure, and a lack of a plan on the part of parents and peers might be significant issues. Not one, but three key variables frequently cause students to dread and fear the exam process. The leading factors include pressures from school, parents, and the environment.
Students should pick days when their minds are fresh and free to focus and study on a subject, in addition to spending less time on social networking sites, consuming junk food, delaying preparation, and studying late. Parents can also show their support to their kids and make them understand that learning is much more important than scoring. Although we can not change the mindset and think of the whole society we can take small steps on our own part.
As of now when the exam period is finally over, students are finally feeling mentally free from the stress of board exams but they are still stuck in the dilemma of selections and entrance exams that are recently taking place. Henceforth it is a never-ending process but the fact here to note is that we can make this process less of a stressful period and more of a learning period.