Part 1 - External factors
Do you sometimes fear taking a test?
Do you feel desperate while studying or always experience a blackout right at the time of the exam?
In this article, we will explore some of the causes.
Test anxiety can sometimes be a form of self-torment. Does the following sound familiar to you?
You study and while doing so, you think about how much you still have to learn – you stop because you can no longer concentrate – check your phone – see what questions and tasks others are sending in the class chat – and think, WHAT? DAMN.
What are they all studying?
Do I need to know THAT?
In the worst case, a friend might even call you to ask if you’re getting through a particular task.
At school, everyone talks about the upcoming test, and even during free periods, there’s fervent discussion about it.
This situation might be exaggerated for some, but from my experience during my school days, it’s very accurate.
So, if you constantly find yourself surrounded by friends (or classmates) who can’t stop talking about grades, tests, and assignments, that could be a potential problem.
Most of the time, these people don’t even realize that they are driving you crazy. Talk to them about it. If they are really your friends, they will understand.
If it’s not the friends but just the class group that makes you nervous, then put your phone away while studying. Really away. Turned off and in your bed drawer away.
Are you paying enough attention to your screen time during exams?
The number one distraction while studying is social media.
I know, an incredible number of students, especially university students, love their tablets for class. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
It’s important that on a school or university tablet, you should not have any apps installed that you like to use in your leisure time, especially not social media.
Many young people and young adults don’t realize that a quick check of the latest posts on Instagram or TikTok can easily take up 20 minutes. Very smart people are paid extremely well to develop design methods for social media that keep users IN the app.
This is absolute poison for studying.
Of course, educational videos from sources like Daniel Jung or SimpleClub can be massively helpful for learning. And you shouldn’t give those up.
However, these videos are only useful if they remain purely educational and don’t lead you to the latest music video by Ariana Grande. Because after Ariana Grande, it’s TheVoice or AmericanIdol, not another explanatory video on integral calculus.
To prevent this, you can watch the educational videos on a PC, but without logging into YouTube. If you don’t log in, your favorite topics won’t be suggested to you. And if you’re not on your phone, you’re less likely to drift off to Instagram or TikTok.
Panicking in Chatrooms
Class groups or course groups may be advantageous for checking deadlines or seeing what others are up to. However, WhatsApp, Messenger, and the like are also social media that can massively distract you, not to mention the disturbing vibrations from incoming messages.
Worrying about what might come up in the next exam stops being healthy when it happens the night before.
During my school days, almost every night before an exam, there was lively discussion in the groups:
Suddenly, the “genius” of the class sends an incredibly complicated and completely off-topic question. Boom. Everyone panics.
WILL THAT REALLY BE ON THE TEST? How does it work? WHAT? NEVER! Lol, never seen that. THAT kind of thing won’t be on the test!
It’s very easy to get misled by such messages.
But I have good news:
Such chaos is usually stirred up by the person who is the most insecure and has the least understanding of the material. The discussions are mostly unnecessary and do more harm than good.
To be continued.