Tips against learning stress and examination anxiety in high school: Dear textbook as eLearning!

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Every year there are final exams in schools. But how do you best pass them without fear and stress? An overview.

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Eva graduated from high school. And now it is also clear what she will do afterwards: Immediately after graduation she will go to New Zealand for a few months. But first you have to go through the Abitur - and that means cramming, cramming, cramming. Usually with book and paper. Because although a true digital native in terms of age, it actually belongs to the people who print out texts on the Internet because they are easier to read on paper. And she complains occasionally because she finds my texts too long ...

As for her preference for the printed word, however, Eva is in good company: According to a survey of the polling institute Forsa presented earlier this year, 84 percent of students in Germany would like a broader use of new media in the classroom.

What studies show

The study commissioned by the high-tech association BITKOM, however, promotes a second key statement: 71 percent of the students still do not believe that e-books or educational software can adequately replace the textbook.

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A student survey at the Carl von Ossietzky school center in Bremerhaven also confirms that printed matter is still highly valued as the basis for learning by prospective high school graduates, but that electronic media can be a useful addition. It is read, read a lot, in books and notes. Many students learn, for example, according to the method of reworking their own notes neatly into folder contents - some of the learning material already “sticks” during the reworking. The internet is mainly used for looking up.

Old exams as a learning method?

When web portals offered such content a few years ago, a hot discussion broke out immediately. "They're just copying," was the main criticism that the Internet would literally encourage people to cheat and cheat. Not true, says head student Eike Hoffmann: “I also like to take original exams in my lessons. They are more authentic than normal, shorter exams. ”

The fixed time frame of the Abitur examination could be very well tested with old examinations. For example, students in English have to decide between two texts within 30 minutes - and remain in their decision because the tasks clearly fill the rest of the time.

Learning - but how?

Eike Hoffmann also points out the valuable comparison between original high school exams and “normal” exams. “With the comparison, students have the chance to draw conclusions about their level of learning with their own structure of their own old exams. This enables learning deficits to be recognized and compensated for. ” Her tip for students: “Be sure to keep your own old exams. They help with error analysis, above all in making you aware of individual, typical errors. ”

Schoolgirl Isabel uses old high school exams and exams in exactly the same way: “I look at the task again and check whether I can still answer it. If not, I will repeat this topic. ” Educational software, the Internet or cell phones are used as a supplement by her and all the other school students surveyed. And, according to fellow classmate Ina: "Books that prepare me for my high school diploma also play a major role for me."

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Help, test anxiety!

Despite all the possibilities to set up the afternoon for the Abitur efficiently and efficiently: In one point old and new media do not offer any insider tips - in the fight against the fear of exams. But it's not that big with the students. Ex-high school graduate Iven John's opinion on exam anxiety is reflected in many student comments: “I have Respect before exams, you can never rule out a certain unknown. But to speak of fear and to persuade yourself to do that can only be unacceptable. ”

Teacher Eike Hoffmann remembers her Abitur exam: “Actually I had no tricks against exam anxiety. I only concentrated in between that all tension will come to an end. The prospect of the time after the stress helped me personally. ”

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  1. Swetlana

    Information about Abitur is with me always gladly seen. I'm busy with it. Thanks and regards, Svetlana!

    • Simone Janson

      Glad me, if my blog helps. Good luck and good luck!

  2. Holger Froese

    Tips against learning stress & # Exam anxiety in high school diploma 2011: Dear schoolbook as e-learning ... # Education

  3. Simone Janson

    Tradition-conscious junior BITKOM survey: 71% of German # students do not believe that #ELearning can replace books

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