Exam Fear is a combination of perceived physiological over-arousal, feelings of worry and dread, self-depreciating thoughts, irrational beliefs, tension, and somatic symptoms that occur during test situations. These responses can drastically hinder an individual's ability to perform well and negatively affects their social, emotional and behavioral development and feelings about themselves and school. But all these can be managed by guidance and practice.
Is this Workshop for Me?
If most of yours answers are “yes” in response to the below questions, then then this workshop is highly recommended for you.
Do you have trouble sleeping at night and spend those last few minutes before sleep worrying about upcoming exams or projects?
The day of an exam, do you experience drastic appetite changes and either overeat, or skip meals?
While studying for or taking an exam, do you often feel a sense of hopelessness or dread?
During an exam, do you often feel confused or panic?
While taking an exam, do you sometimes experience sweaty palms, headaches, vomiting, or fainting?
When you are finished with an exam, do you sometimes feel guilt and blame yourself for not studying enough?
Do you sometimes get angry or depressed after an exam?
We will identify the causes of fear/stress, involving support systems and exploring the various possibilities through training and counseling.
This workshop will focus on the impact of stress on academic performance and how to better manage stress associated with examinations, presentations, course-work deadlines.
Experiential Learning and Interactive: The workshop has an interactive format and includes didactic lectures and demonstration of brief relaxation procedures.
We are going to discuss the way in which stressful situations can interact with our bodies to cause bodily changes that result in physical symptoms (for example, tension, breathing problems, palpitations).
We are going to use some basic self-hypnosis techniques, in particular guided imagery, relaxations and breathing exercises, to encourage the participants to exercise their focused attention and to enhance their potential to connect mind with body in a way that allows stress to be managed better.
We are going to examine our cognitive styles and how on-going ‘negative’ and ‘rigid’ patterns of thinking can become ways of obstructing, rather than acknowledging, the presence of demands from academic daily life, our anxieties about change and uncertainty and the fear of our own limitations. The aim here is to get some more understanding about the way that we individually respond to the problem of stress, rather than simply getting carried away by our stress response.
Students (Grade 9 and above)
Mr. Mitesh Thakkar
Clinical Psychologist and Consultant, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Yoga Therapist, Pranic Healer