Side Effects of an Upcoming Examination

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

Negativity, self-doubt, peer pressure, etc. are factors that generate the fear of failure in students before an examination. These side effects refrain students from giving their best. While several factors influence performance, here are a few that are within the students’ control. Use them positively for your big day.

Confidence and Positive Attitude

It is important to have positive thoughts while you appear for an exam. While this is easier said than done, the increasing number of ‘what ifs’ and ‘I cannots’ can affect your performance. Create mental pictures of a happy and satisfied you, walking out of the exam hall! This can help to reinforce positivity.

Being organized and preparing beforehand helps to boost your confidence and self-esteem. In case your exam location is not in your college, make sure you know the details of the venue. Leave early, to avoid the hassles of traffic and delayed trains or buses.

Increasing competition

A healthy sense of competition is common and important for students to perform. However, students should be cautious that it does not affect their morale. Focus on your strengths and set realistic goals for yourself. Comparisons with friends and cousins will take their rounds, but do not let it interfere with your preparations.

Rising expectations

Increasing competition increases the expectations from students. Apart from parents, you find relatives, acquaintances and even strangers advising and discussing your academics. Take this in the positive stride. Identify your goals, set benchmarks for yourself and work towards achieving them. Career counseling can help in understanding your strengths and areas of interest.


Having a clear mind helps you stay focused and easily recall what you have learnt. Panic and anxiety can dim your judgment, result in errors and lower attention levels. Preferably, avoid taking phone calls at the last minute. Apart from disrupting your concentration, it could also trigger nervousness.

Remember, your attitude and morale is reflected in your performance. So aim high and give your best!


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