Thursday 11 November 2021

Examination Fear

 Today's experience at examination hall :

My midterm examination is going on. Today I was having my developmental biology paper. I reached exam hall just before it started. I found everybody sitting in their respective places. I took my seat and filled my credentials in answer sheet. Then we got questions. I felt like I knew nothing. I watched the questions for about ten minutes. I was not getting response from the brain. Scientific words were disappeared from my mind. However I started writing like hitting around the bush. Unnecessary thoughts about the result day were distracting me to concentrate on the paper. The exam ended like a bad dream. After exam I discussed some questions and found wrong. I felt guilty and came back to room. I have done my part and now I have to be ready to hear from the teacher. I have to balance myself. So I started to recall some good thoughts. There is a saying "this too shall pass". It helped me to get rid of the situation for some time. Sorrow decreases when it is shared with others.But it will take some more time to heal myself. 

I think it is a common psychological behavior and shown by all at certain time. We can minimize its expression but it's difficult to fully suppress it. 

Observable symptoms :

- Sweating 

- Increased heart beat 

- Nervousness 

- Vibration in the body 

Reading thoroughly everything just before the exam leads to a mixture of everything in the mind. Lack of proper preparation is a major cause behind it. It get worsen by overthinking about results during the exam. It is easy to come in a rank. But it is difficult to be consistent in that position. 

In my childhood, I used to worry about good marks. After 12th, I tried to cross the 50% marks. And now in PG, I bother only about passing the exams. However I am still struggling to improve. 

And inviting you all to the comment box, share how you cope with the exam fear.


Lambodar Padhan 

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