Dr. Ince Börekci recalled that anxiety is so intense that it interferes with the preparation process and exam performance, the level of success, and prevents the person from using their knowledge properly, which has a negative effect on the exam pass rate. Börekci said: “Controlling the time and preparation process, study habits, the meaning given to the exam and the results, the expectations of the family and the environment, and the fear of failure are effective factors in its development.
In children and young people who experience exam anxiety, such as restlessness, discomfort, panic, anger, fear of failure, nausea, palpitations, the feeling of not being able to breathe, boredom, dizziness, tremor, dry mouth, sweating, sleep disorders, stomach ache, headache, physical complaints, deterioration of attention and concentration and a decrease in self-confidence can be observed. “Recognizing the symptoms and anxiety is important to recognize that the symptoms experienced are just symptoms of anxiety, not the possible worsening.”
“Focus on positive inner voices”
Listing the things that children should do before the exam, Borekci said: “Children should focus as much as possible on the process, preparation, subjects and learning during the preparation process, avoiding approaches that will increase their knowledge and skills, preparation and belittle effort, and avoid difficulties and catastrophic approaches to the exam; Knowing that it is normal for thoughts like “I can’t do it, I’m forgetting everything I know” to cross their minds from time to time; Trying to focus on positive inner voices such as “I did my best” instead of negative thoughts; Prepare for the exam not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally; Take advantage of relaxation exercises such as walking to reduce physical and mental stress; Eat healthy, pay attention to fluid intake, maintaining sleep routines and taking the exam with interval goals, not point goals, will be beneficial in reducing exam anxiety.
“Don’t view the exam as a matter of life and death, don’t compare it with your peers”
Börekci, who also gave advice to parents, said:
“To be careful in speaking about the exam, not to glorify the exam, make it a matter of life or death and compare their children to their peers; Avoiding negative comments about test results and test results, especially in the process close to the exam; They don’t see exam success as the only criterion for success in life; be realistic about their expectations; Trying to understand their children’s feelings and thoughts, being a model for their children with stress management and coping skills; It is important for them to give their children confidence by giving positive feedback.”