Is there anything as bad as exam anxiety?

  • sbwlguy

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    Jun 10, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    I'm absolutely bricking it. Writing my finals this week. I go through stages of being blasé about it and then the next moment I'm walking around with a kooky smile that is in fact a silent scream.

    It's almost unfair how much work they expect you to study for an exam. When I return to previously studied topics it feels like nothing has gone in.

    In short, I'm a mess.

    *Lets out primal scream*
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    I would have to say public speaking anxiety is the worst.
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    Answer to your question is - Yes.
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    Jun 10, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    There's plenty, but I won't scare you about those things just yet. Concentrate on getting through this phase of your life. icon_wink.gif
  • paramoore

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    Jun 11, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    A badger to the face. I think that's worse.

    Just remember to take study breaks and get enough sleep, or you will retain not nearly enough.
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    Jun 11, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    I'm going through the crappiness of it too.
    My exam tomorrow is worth 100%
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    Jun 11, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    I moved to America just before starting my GCSEs, not sure why I put that but its just some info about me I guess.

    I thrive when I'm stressed or under pressure, whether its an exam, speaking situation, or any assignment. Without it I wouldn't have much motivation to do anything.
    With regards to revising: If you feel like you're forgetting everything, take a break because you have reached a block. Come back in a few hours and you'll be amazed at how much you actually know.. Also, cramming the night before does really work, as long as you use it as the last step, not the only step icon_lol.gif. If you look over the most important information the night before you WILL remember a lot of it the next day, don't ask me how it works but sleeping on recently reviewed work works wonders.
    One final thing haha, you will rarely see me stressing over an exam or speech, I might be freaking out inside but I joke and make fun of myself so much that I convince myself I have done all that I can, what will be will be and there's nothing I can do about it.
    I'm sure you'll do fine on your exam, so get a grip!! just kidding.
  • Splendidus_1

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    Jun 11, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    If you start to panic, thinking you don't know a thing (like you refered), seriously, take a break, go to sleep, or simply stop. Until you change that, you'll hardly absorb any information, because you're having a thousand thoughts at the same time.

    Sometimes I overdo it, and I get to a point where I can't solve the simplest things. That's when I go to sleep, or so, and after when I try to solve it, most of the times I immediately find where the mistake was.

    I relate to the "Omg, I don't know a thing!" realization .. that's when I slap myself - I did once or twice actually .. I get very retarded-like when I study too much - and think: "Get your shit together, you know this stuff". If you think you can't cover everything, just learn the most you can, and maybe that will be enough! I've had my share of luck with that, haha.

    The important thing to keep in mind is : It's not the end of the world if you fail - stop building pressure around it.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    Wait 'till you get career-altering work deadline anxiety and have to put up with it until you can unload your mortgage.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    Public musical solo performing anxiety trumps all. Especially when your worst fear materializes and you're alone, on a stage, on a 7 foot grand with a spotlight over you, and you're halfway through the second movement of the Beethoven, and you go on cruise control, and suddenly in your mind you start thinking thoughts of "Huh, you know I never actually practiced in a darkened room with a spotlight over me, it makes the keys looks bizarre".

    And then it happens.

    You completely blank you.

    As if you have never played the piece in your life.


    Public speaking you can ad lib and improvise. Try fucking improvising Beethoven.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Public speaking you can ad lib and improvise. Try fucking improvising Beethoven.

    If it helps, while directing the Academy of St. Martins chamber orchestra, Murray Perahia used sheet music with someone to turn the pages.

    It didn't dampen a life-altering experience for me one bit. (Copley Symphony Hall) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Perahia
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidThere's plenty, but I won't scare you about those things just yet. Concentrate on getting through this phase of your life. icon_wink.gif


    THIS!
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  • Webster666

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    Jun 11, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    As bad as exam anxiety ?

    Um, well, diarrhea comes immediately to mind.
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 11, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Yes, those first few minutes when your date has not shown up yet and has not called to say he is going to be late...icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    the time between finding out your test results for HIV/STD's even though you know your negative.

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    Jun 11, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    Coming out to your parents or trying to cover up something you know is wrong?
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    yeah...test anxiety sucks...I have it pretty bad!
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    ULmatt saidI would have to say public speaking anxiety is the worst.

    That's much worse than test taking anxiety. During a test you're nervous at your desk with no one watching you. During a speech everyone is watching you.
  • Guycicle

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    Jun 11, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    southern baptists. i'm pretty sure they're worse than test anxiety.
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    Jun 11, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Job interview anxiety? I started a recent thread about it. We've all got something.
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 11, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Emesis54 saidsouthern baptists. i'm pretty sure they're worse than test anxiety.



    I think I have to agree with you.....icon_wink.gif
  • metta

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    Jun 11, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Try a few minutes of meditation and stretching...maybe some yoga...you need to relax your mind for a few.


    There are a lot of things that cause more anxiety...

    Eg.: Having to wait for your best friend to get through a like threatening operation, for example. And then having him not make it though it and then having to try to figure out if you can survive it and if it is possible to to go on.

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    Jun 11, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Being unaware if someone you care about has died or if it was a false alarm, and being helpless to find out until you get a call.
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    Jun 11, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    Yes. Exams are tough but imagine your boss being fired after you just started the job two weeks later. Then as a professional you answer to the CEO of your company and your the youngest person at the head of your department. Now that my friend is anxiety.

    Exams are just a great way to help you prepare for things that might be thrown down your way later in life. Nothing is easy, just let it come and go.