Being nervous before sitting for an exam may not be bad after all with a new study published in the British Journal of Psychology suggesting that being anxious before an exam may boost your grades.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of Southampton who presented 96 students between 12 and 14 years of age with a questionnaire to test their levels of anxiousness and their memory skills. The researchers found that being anxious was bad only for those who had poor memory.
"We found that for individuals with low working-memory capacity, increases in (a tendency towards) anxiety were related to decreases in cognitive test performance. For those with high working-memory capacity, however, the pattern of results was reversed. An increase in (a tendency towards) anxiety was linearly associated with higher test scores", the researchers wrote in their report