What is stress?
Stress is part of the body’s natural response to a perceived threat.We all experience it from time to time. When we feel under threat,our bodies go into fight or flight response, in other words theyprepare us either to stand and do battle or to run away. The mainphysiological change is the release of a rush of adrenaline, whichgives us the energy to act. If the perceived difficulty is not physicalbut psychological, the adrenaline is not used up and we mayexperience any of the following reactions:
increased muscle tension
increased heart rate
increased breathing rate
increase in alertness to the slightest touch or sound
How will you know if you are stressed?
You may experience changes in your physical wellbeing, mood orbehaviour:
headaches, neck ache, stomach problems
irritability, tearfulness, feeling low or anxious
sleeping problems, increase or decrease inappetite, difficulty in concentrating
Why do exams lead to stress?
The purpose of the exams is to assess how well you haveunderstood and assimilated the module. At most stages of thecourse, the marks will also influence final degree results.There may be practical implications of not doing as well as youhope or think you should but mostly what worries people are theadditional meanings which get attributed to exam results.