Today Melanie, Ramona’s sister come from Passau. Yesterday she had passed her last exam of this semester and now she will stay here for a while. We were talking about exams and tests in universities and in schools nowadays.
Somehow the educational system creates a lot of pressure. There is a lot of fear and tension in a student’s mind. If it is pressure from the side of the parents, the teachers or from the student himself, it definitely is not the right way to learn. Before exams many students are very nervous. They are afraid of failing. They might have learned everything only for this day of the exam and with the purpose not to fail in the exam. It is not the aim to learn as much as possible so that you are good in whatever you will do later and surely the reason for learning is mostly not a great interest.
These situations before exams can be very stressful and I know some people get serious health problems because of this. And I also heard of pupils and students who committed suicide because of the enourmous tension and pressure that they find themselves in. That is not the way how learning should be. Learn from your heart, then you will remember it longer. Of course, maybe sometimes you have to learn something which you might not be very interested in but please don’t panic. Whatever happens, even if you fail, the world is still turning and it will be for the best.