Many students have been stressing out lately due to the upcoming exams. First, there are the MYP students who are certainly preparing for Exam Week, which will begin next week from the 10th to the 14th of March. Then, there’s the Diploma Programme student who will have their final exams in May.
Some students like it, and others don’t. However, what most of them disregard is the purpose of exams and their importance.
Contrary to common belief, exams were not designed to induce stress, and they are not merely an evaluation tool used by teachers. In fact they have a very positive effect on the teaching process. Research has proven that exams tend to enhance student memory, and encourage them to remember the material they have studied for the rest of their lives.
This is beneficial as it will permit the students to apply what they learn in school to, both familiar and unfamiliar, real-life situations.
At the same time, examination gives students a better understanding of their abilities, and it can help them improve their interpersonal skills. It allows them to demonstrate their capabilities, and prove their dedication to their studies throughout the years.
In addition, exams have several other psychological effects on students. For example, they teach students how to become more self-confident, which is a skill that they will need to use throughout the rest of their lives.
Above all, they teach students the essential key to success, time-management. Exams challenge students to express their knowledge in a limited period of time, and thus stimulating them to react faster.
And it is for all these reasons that we say “knowledge is power”. So remember during the exams to simply relax and give your best, because in the end, they’re not benefitting anyone but yourself.