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Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Postby AceTutors123 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:00 pm

Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Sitting exams and tests is often a nerve-racking experience, but being anxious beforehand may boost a candidate's grades, researchers say.

A study published in the British Journal of Psychology finds being anxious only has a negative impact on results if a child's memory is poor.

But if a young person has a good memory, a tendency to feel anxious is linked with getting better marks.

The research assessed 96 children aged 12 to 14 in memory and anxiety tests.

A questionnaire established how anxious the children usually felt, and the results were measured against their ability to perform computerised tests involving "complex" or working-memory skills.

"We found that for individuals with low working-memory capacity, increases in [a tendency towards] anxiety were related to decreases in cognitive test performance," the study says.

"For those with high working-memory capacity, however, the pattern of results was reversed. An increase in [a tendency towards] anxiety was linearly associated with higher test scores.

"These effects were not better accounted for by gender, age, or time of testing."

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19895531
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Re: Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Postby HAPPYH » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:04 pm

AceTutors123 wrote:Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Sitting exams and tests is often a nerve-racking experience, but being anxious beforehand may boost a candidate's grades, researchers say.

A study published in the British Journal of Psychology finds being anxious only has a negative impact on results if a child's memory is poor.

But if a young person has a good memory, a tendency to feel anxious is linked with getting better marks.

The research assessed 96 children aged 12 to 14 in memory and anxiety tests.

A questionnaire established how anxious the children usually felt, and the results were measured against their ability to perform computerised tests involving "complex" or working-memory skills.

"We found that for individuals with low working-memory capacity, increases in [a tendency towards] anxiety were related to decreases in cognitive test performance," the study says.

"For those with high working-memory capacity, however, the pattern of results was reversed. An increase in [a tendency towards] anxiety was linearly associated with higher test scores.

"These effects were not better accounted for by gender, age, or time of testing."

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19895531
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Nice reading. However, the number of children enrolled in the study is too small to conclude/derive more meaningful/global data.

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Re: Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Postby AceTutors123 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:38 pm

HAPPYH wrote:Nice reading. However, the number of children enrolled in the study is too small to conclude/derive more meaningful/global data.


True, 96 is too small study size. At least we know its fine to put most kids on just a little stress, and to pay more attention to the scatter-brains =)

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Re: Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Postby virgiea68 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:47 pm

There is always a gap separating the lower working memory capacity and the higher working memory capacity. How about the children who falls within that gap..? Is it safe to say that anxiety don't have an effect on them..?

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Re: Pre-exam anxiety 'can boost grades'

Postby Elizabeth35 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:19 pm

The pre-exam anxiety that college students experience is categorized as rational when based on causes such as poor preparation. Pre-exam anxiety in college students is categorized as irrational when a well-prepared student who has internalized the material still works himself into a near-panic. Students experiencing pre-test anxiety for rational reasons typically will not perform well on the specific test because of inadequate preparation.

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