5 Problems Being Faced By University Students When Appearing For Exams?

5 Problems Being Faced By University Students When Appearing For Exams

There are certain problems student experiences. It may range from an on-campus life to surviving the curriculum to facing the terrors of sitting for that exam. Exams are avariety of types; some are competitive while other are amere assessment. Either way, exams really takes atoll on the students.

The pressures are insurmountable from a student’s perspective. Your whole future rests on it or so you are made to believe. However, this piece deals with the problems that students are met with when sitting for exams, therefore, you are in luck. We have identified the problems and we are going to let you know so you do not crack under it.

1. Panic + Procrastination:

On the face usually, a task feels so overwhelming that you tell yourself that it is not possible for you to do it. And this is the case everywhere in life. As long as you are standing at the shore, you will be scared and the odds appear unfathomable. But as you venture the task becomes doable.

Same is the case with students. When preparing for the exams the panic set as we don’t prepare early on (which is but natural). In other words, students tend to procrastinate. So before sitting for your upcoming exam, study some and then some on the night before. Wake up early that day and revise.

You beat procrastination, you beat the panic and ace the exam. At first, it will be hard but try. Don’t just stand at the shore and weigh the depth of the ocean. Step up. Step in.

2. Analysis Is Lacking:

Parroting is the practice that takes away the essence of studying/learning because you are then just trying to pass exams and are not actually absorbing anything. Your idea is to get through the phase of exams. When you parrot, being humans that we are, we tend to forget (don’t worry, happens to the best of us).

To avoid the trap of parroting, approach your studies with the critical mindset. A mindset of an analyst. So go through your course material in theway you can absorb/understand. When the information sinks, the subconscious mind comes to the rescue during the exam and recalls what you have studied.

3. Poor Planning:

Of course, poor planning, what else? Had it been well-planned, you wouldn’t be reading this piece in the first place, would you? This point particularly deals in when you have entered the examination room and the paper is in your hands. You should first read through the paper for first 5 to 10 minutes.

Plan your questions that which ones are you going to attempt and in which order. This gravely helps during the exams. Always attempt those questions which you know you can ace. Teachers/faculty generally allow the questions to be answered in whichever order the student prefers unless otherwise stated.

The idea should be to leave the answers to those question in the last to which you don’t the answers to or are weak in. If you start with the questions that you are not well-versed in, it will make you lose confidence. When keeping them for last, even if you write a little on them, you know you have bagged the marks to the questions you prepared for.

4. Not Reading the Question Properly:

This the most common problems students create for themselves. What happens is that when you are reviewing the question paper or revising the answer sheet, you are rehearsing the answer in your head. The most obvious things get overlooked. For instance, a question may ask you to support your answer with anexample. But since you know the answer so well, you start answering without reading the entire question.

See the blunder you just made there? You lose marks because the examiner will mark you only when you have supported your answer with an example. Here the examiner is trying to test your understanding and not what have been taught in class. Take time to read through the question rather than rushing to fill in the white sheets of paper.

5. Word Count “Phobia”:

Okay, let’s not call it a phobia but I mean students during the test/exam are more concerned with whether or not they’d be able to reach the word count. The concern is legit but not at the expense of the quality of the answer you are providing. For the quantity, students over-generalize the answer.

This shows the examiner/assessor your insufficient understanding of the subject which is evident in your redundant manner of answering. Thus, focus on the word count but do not focus in its entirety. Examiners may accommodate you for a lesser word count if they see the effort that has gone into answering the question and would not penalize you by deducting marks.


To sum up, answer with utmost care for spelling and grammar (assuming the assessment in English). Even if it is in your native tongue, make sure you don’t make such errors. Moreover, when writing formulae or presenting factual data in your answer, exercise care.

Author Bio: David Mils is an expert in student affairs and has served in many examination boards in the capacity of theinvigilator. He can be contacted by those who are seeking to Assignment Assistance. Follow him on social media for more updates.

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