Exam Anxiety Related to Exam Preparation Time and Number of Hours of Sleep and Comparison of Exam Anxiety among Rural and Urban, Hosteller and Non-Hosteller First Year Medical Students
Keywords:Test anxiety, medical students, rural, urban, hosteller, non-hosteller.
Exam anxiety intensifies psychological distress, reduces academic motivation and lowers performance. The present study aimed to identify exam anxiety related to exam preparation time and number of hours of sleep. Additionally, the present study attempted comparison of exam anxiety among rural and urban, hosteller and non-hosteller first year medical students. Westside Text Anxiety Scale (WTAS) were administered among 151 first year undergraduate medical students attending Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. The results showed higher test anxiety scores and more studying hours among rural students with female preponderance. There was no statistically significant difference with regards to sleep hours and among hostellers, non-hostellers.
The negative emotion of test anxiety which serves to raise the distress level among medical students is a common emerging concern and thus good intervention to build positive coping skills should be incorporated in the lives of medical students.
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