Exam Stress

Do you feel perplexed and different during exams? Do you worry about achieving pass marks? Would you feel stressed out, when you need to finish many assignments at a time? If yes, then I can assure you are not alone. There are many feeling similarly, during exams. This is commonly known as exam stress. Exam Stress can affect anyone, irrespective of age and grade. One might be worried about whether revision work was done appropriately; while others might feel how to achieve a pass percentage. There are a few who are overachievers and want to achieve full marks always. So, the pressure is different for everyone. At times, exam stress can become bad to worse, if timely intervention is not done. It starts affecting the day to day functioning of the individual. Battling exam stress is itself exhausting.

In face of stress

Preparing for exams can create feelings of worry and restlessness. The person might feel under pressure, which is exhausting.

Common signs of exam stress are:

1. Feeling confused and perplexed.
2. Constant irrational worry.
3. Feeling low and depressed.
4. Repeated forgetting of what is learnt, due to fear and worry.
5. Lack of motivation.
6. Boredom.
7. Overwhelmed feelings of anxiety and worthlessness.
8. Unable to make proper career decisions.
9. Headache and mental tiredness.
10. Lack of proper sleep and eating habits.
11. Fidgeting, nail biting.
12. Feeling sick, muscle tension and stomach problems.
13. General loss of interest in studies.
14. Fear of failure.
15. Constant irrational worry.


The common ones are as follows –

1. Incomplete preparation.
2. Want to do well but lack of proper resource material.
3. Do not have much time.
4. Exhaustive syllabus that needs to be completed in short time.
5. Worry of being failed.
6. Finding it hard to understand and memorize concepts.
7. Fear of forgetting.
8. Fear of competition with others.
9. Apprehensive about fulfilling parental expectations.
10. Has to get admission in good institutions.
11. Worry of getting the best grades to secure a berth in good colleges.
12. Academic pressure.


Examination stress is normal and a very common situation that each one of us must have faced at some point in our growing years as a student. Here, some simple swaps to help you feel at ease.

• Study in a quiet space; so as to stay focused for a long time.Read the lessons well; solve exercises and worksheets as many as possible to ensure thorough understanding.
• Look into past question papers for reference.
• Take help from teachers, parents to understand the difficult concepts.
• Plan your work. It should be short and practical such as framing a time table for various subjects. Easy and difficult topics should be dealt separately.
• Avoid screen time during studies to minimize distraction.
• Don’t do rote learning. Understand the topics well for better remembering.
• Make a clear schedule of the subjects and topics to be covered in a day. Break it into sub parts to make an organized learning.
• Take regular short breaks to keep up your motivation.
• Learn the summary and key points of each lesson for better remembering.

Self Care

Examination time is hectic and thus it is important to take care of one’s physical and mental health.

1.Eat well balanced diet, devoid of junk stuff and full of nutrition. It helps to maintain adequate energy for doing sufficient hard work.
2.Good sleep is essential. It keeps the mind fresh.
3.Take out time for relaxation. Treat yourself with a TV show or a movie to unwind.
4.Do not study all the time. It will bring in boredom and disinterest.
5.Deep breathing exercise, meditation, listening to soothing music often help to relax.

To conclude, exam stress is common and you are not the only being suffering. A simple step is to develop a systematic plan of action by preparing well ahead and to avoid last minute rush with studies. It will ease tension and boost performance. If needed, support from professionals should be taken, who can guide and teach adequate coping strategies to lessen worries and make you feel better.