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Academic anxiety

 Academic anxiety

Anxiety is a widespread condition that impacts individuals of every generation. It can be caused by a physical condition, a mental condition, drug effects, or a combination of these. Anxiety is defined as a painful or apprehensive state of mind, usually caused by an impending or anticipated illness. Anxiety is ones body’s way of alerting you that something in your surroundings requires your attention. It is a series of biochemical changes in your brain and body, such as an increase in adrenaline (which causes your heart to beat faster) and a decrease in dopamine (may lead to depression and anxiety).

There are numerous outside factors that can contribute to anxiety. These include -stress from school, stress from a personal relationship, stress from work, financial stress, stress from an emotional trauma such as the loss of a loved one, victimisation by crime, a natural disaster, sexual or physical abuse, and medication side effects. Stress caused by a serious illness, intoxication from an illegal drug such as phentermine or cocaine, noticing symptoms of a serious medical illness, and a lack of oxygen. However, the good news is that no matter what the cause of anxiety is, it can be effectively managed or handled. Students who suffer from academic anxiety are concerned about their academic assignments. Every academic task can cause anxiety in students. Some people may only experience anxiety when taking tests or performing other specific tasks. Anxiety is not always a bad thing. For some students, anxiety may serve as a motivator.

Anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing. True, high levels of anxiety impair concentration and memory, both of which are necessary for academic success. Most of us, however, would lack motivation to study for exams, write papers, or do daily homework . A moderate level of anxiety improves academic performance by creating motivation. Anxiety plays a significant role in our lives.

Methods for Reducing Academic Anxiety

Study and exam anxiety is a problem for many students, regardless of whether they are striving for academic excellence, and it can affect students of any age. Nobody is immune to academic anxiety, but there are many things they can do to reduce their anxiety about studying and exams.

Preparation and organisation are required of students- Some students learn by doing, others by reading and writing, and if they try to force themselves into an unsuitable learning style, studying becomes less effective and more stressful.

Students should set lower goals and concentrate on their performance levels- Instead of aiming for the highest grade in the class, aim to be satisfied with your performance.

Students must be able to manage their time effectively- Study and exam anxiety is often associated with a lack of preparation, so the key to reducing that anxiety is to create and stick to a study schedule.

Medha (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Patna women’s college(autonomous)

Patna university

Email id: medha,