Exam Anxiety in Professional Medical Students

Authors : Namrata S. Loya, Niwrutti N. Jiwane

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 8 - August

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 Background: A professional student of any medical college in his /her life undergoes various stresses. The stress related to academics is one of them. For any student examination is often a tiresome and stressful experience. These students mostly suffer from exam anxiety.  Aims and Objectives: This study was undertaken to assess the level of exam anxiety and methods used for its alleviation by professional medical students before examination.  Methods: This study was carried out in 387 MBBS students of Government Medical College, Chandrapur. Based on the scale suggested by Nist and Diehl, a prevalidated questionnaire consisting of ten questions was asked with five possible options ranging from never [1] to always[5]. The level of exam anxiety was categorized depending on score of 10 to 19 as no anxiety, 20 to 35 as healthy anxiety and above 35 as unhealthy anxiety. The questionnaire also stated how exam anxiety affected the performance of the student. It also included various relieving methods used by them, how frequently they used these methods and how these methods affected their performance. This questionnaire was given individually to all medical students after taking their informed consent. The data was collected from them and data analysis was done by using appropriate statistics.  Results: 36 (9%) students had unhealthy anxiety, 269 (70%) students had healthy anxiety and 82(21%) students had no anxiety. 133 (34%) perceived that stress didn’t have any effect on their performance, in 82(21%) students, the performance was improved but 172(45%) students had their performance deteriorated due to stress. To alleviate exam stress, most common method used was contacting family and friends by 336(86.8%) students followed by listening music by 325(84.0%) students, followed by sleeping in 301(77.8%) students.  Conclusion: Most of the professional MBBS students experience some degree of anxiety during exams and used different relieving methods to cope up with it. Although some anxiety can be healthy as it keeps one alert, active and focussed but excess anxiety may be harmful to one’s physical, mental and/or social health.

Keywords : Medical Students, Exam Anxiety, Stress Level, Relieving Methods.


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