Escape Room and Trivial as Tools to Reduce Anxiety Before Exams


One of the biggest causes of anxiety for students at any level in the academic field is taking tests. This study aims to reduce the levels of anxiety expressed by students in class. In this sense, an attempt is made to generate confidence in the knowledge acquired through review sessions, in which online games specifically designed for the subject are used. Accurately, two game resources have been developed: an Escape Room: the nemaxe labyrinth and a Trivial with practical cases focused on how to solve situations in reality and in the exam. Of the 49 university students who attended the session, all were very satisfied with both resources. When asked which would have helped them the most, the Trivial obtained a higher percentage of favorable votes (58%) compared to the Escape Room. 85% confirm that the use of these tools reduced the level of anxiety before taking the exam, and 93% affirm that they feel more convinced of the knowledge acquired. It is concluded that the Trivial, by proposing a format more similar to the exam questions and answers, as it is designed in this case, favors the reduction of stress and increases the knowledge of the subject. These results show how the use of different resources in the classroom can help to reduce the level of anxiety before taking exams and the importance of proposing dynamic tools to promote learning.

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Ana Pereles López, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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