Math Anxiety and Math TestAnxiety: Causes, Affects andSolutions                                      It is like a race.   ...
Understanding Math/Test AnxietyDefining Math           Definition of TestAnxiety                 AnxietyTypes of Math     ...
Managing Test Anxiety: CausesAssociation of grades with self-worth.Develops from different types offears.Can stem from fee...
Test Anxiety: MythsStudents are born with it.     Students who are wellTest anxiety is a mental       prepared don’t have ...
Other Anxiety Related IssuesIt takes time to acquire theskills to manage anxiety.Sometimes it takes the help ofothers.Test...
What Students Say About Anxiety “I get anxious when the instructor goes offon tangents, and I need help learning themateri...
What Students Say About Anxiety “Today I really got anxious when my mathinstructor kept on going fast. I got lost. I raise...
What Students Do Not Like to Hear“This is easy. We won’t have to spendmuch time on this.”“I will give you a test due date ...
Managing Anxiety:        Types of ManagementProfessional Assistance:campus counseling, mentorBehavioral ChangesEnvironment...
When Test Day Comes Students CanControl your self talk.Avoid other students who areanxious.Get good night’s rest.Eat healt...
Tensing and Relaxing TechniqueRelax all      Tense your muscles.       Relax. your         Pull up with your arms   Repeat...
Calm Yourself Right before the TestWhen you get to theclassroom and you want toavoid all the panicky talkgoing all around ...
Faculty Helping Students   Reduce Math/Test AnxietyClassroom Strategies  Give practice tests  Give frequent quizzes  Give ...
Faculty Helping Students   Reduce Math/Test AnxietyOffice Strategies  Listen to student concerns on anxiety  Have them tak...
Ten Steps to Doing Online Homework1.  Review related textbook material.2.  Review appropriate lecture notes.3.  Do homewor...
Taking the Test:          Ten Steps for Taking a Test1. Memory Data Dump2. Preview Test3. 2nd Memory Data Dump4. Test Prog...
Six Types of Test-taking Errors1.    Misread Directions2.    Careless Errors3.    Concept Errors                          ...
Help Students Take Control Over    Math With Self MotivationDevelop Internal Locus of Control, Self-EfficacyAvoid Learned ...
Good News! You can change!
Web ResourcesAmerican Math Association of Two Year Collegeshttp://www.amatyc.orgBeyond Crossroads by the American Math Ass...
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Math anxiety – the feeling of tension and apprehension associated with math performance or testing – can manifest in students as young as first-grade age. By the time learners reach high school and college, this condition can have serious implications for future education and employment.

Focusing on the theoretical and practical aspects of both math anxiety and math test anxiety, and offers solutions targeted to faculty and students alike, this March 19, 2013 webinar provided techniques for anxiety-reduction, classroom management, test-taking skills and test analysis to improve future outcomes.

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  1. 1. Math Anxiety and Math TestAnxiety: Causes, Affects andSolutions It is like a race. Train for it first. Design your race strategies. Dr. Paul Nolting Learn to take mental control. Pnolting@aol.com Manage any anxiety that can Academic Success Press, Inc. 2013 slow you down.
  2. 2. Understanding Math/Test AnxietyDefining Math Definition of TestAnxiety AnxietyTypes of Math Measurement ofAnxiety Test Anxiety Numerical anxiety Types of Test Abstraction anxiety Anxiety Math Test anxiety Worry/Cognitive test anxiety Emotionality/Somatic test anxiety
  3. 3. Managing Test Anxiety: CausesAssociation of grades with self-worth.Develops from different types offears.Can stem from feeling of lack ofcontrol and change of a situation.Previous embarrassment fromteacher, students, family.Placed in the wrong class.Past and continued negativeexperiences.Consequence of perfectionism. Anxiety strikesFear of timed tests. all types ofPoor study and personal habits studentsBegan third or fourth grade –nowyou are that teacher.
  4. 4. Test Anxiety: MythsStudents are born with it. Students who are wellTest anxiety is a mental prepared don’t have it.illness. Intelligent students don’tTest anxiety cannot be have it.reduced. Attending class and doingAny level of test anxiety is homework should reduce it.bad. Being told to relax will makeAll students who are not you relaxed.prepared have test Doing nothing about it willanxiety make it go away.Students with test anxiety Reducing test anxietycan’t learn math guarantees better grades.
  5. 5. Other Anxiety Related IssuesIt takes time to acquire theskills to manage anxiety.Sometimes it takes the help ofothers.Test/learning anxiety affectsother times in the learningexperience: Attending class Opening a textbook Going to the library Completing homework Completing online classes Seeking help
  6. 6. What Students Say About Anxiety “I get anxious when the instructor goes offon tangents, and I need help learning thematerial for the test.” “Sometimes I don’t think they care orwant to know if I am anxious.” Some instructors just scare you. I don’tfeel like I can come and talk to them.
  7. 7. What Students Say About Anxiety “Today I really got anxious when my mathinstructor kept on going fast. I got lost. I raisedmy hand and he said, ‘Hold on a second. 15minutes later I still had my hand up.” “I get nervous when the teacher has chalk inone hand and the eraser in the other. I know weare in trouble then.” “Sometimes it just takes a look at the syllabusand I get anxious because I don’t know what isgoing on.”
  8. 8. What Students Do Not Like to Hear“This is easy. We won’t have to spendmuch time on this.”“I will give you a test due date in about aweek.”“You’re smart. You can handle it. Don’tworry. Calm down.”“If you would study more…”“You should have learned this in the lastmath class”
  9. 9. Managing Anxiety: Types of ManagementProfessional Assistance:campus counseling, mentorBehavioral ChangesEnvironmental ChangesEmotional Self-talkImprovementEmotional Support Most of the time, you can’t learn to manage test or learning anxiety on your own.
  10. 10. When Test Day Comes Students CanControl your self talk.Avoid other students who areanxious.Get good night’s rest.Eat healthy breakfast.Find a few minutes for quiettime.Review mental cheat sheets.Listen to some calming music. Set yourself up for a calm period of time before the test. If you have a class before your test period, focus on that class. Get the day started off right.
  11. 11. Tensing and Relaxing TechniqueRelax all Tense your muscles. Relax. your Pull up with your arms Repeat onemuscles. tight. more time if Press down with you feet necessary. and legs. Hold for a few seconds.
  12. 12. Calm Yourself Right before the TestWhen you get to theclassroom and you want toavoid all the panicky talkgoing all around you, try the“Palming” technique.Place your palms on yourforehead. Think of a placethat is very relaxing to you.Pretend you are there. Or,you can think about yourmemory “mental” cheat The other benefit is that the other students will think you have asheets. headache and will leave you alone.
  13. 13. Faculty Helping Students Reduce Math/Test AnxietyClassroom Strategies Give practice tests Give frequent quizzes Give a chance for students to retake the test Encourage questions Do group work Discuss test anxiety as being real Teaching study skills/test taking skills Give students Math Study Skills Evaluation
  14. 14. Faculty Helping Students Reduce Math/Test AnxietyOffice Strategies Listen to student concerns on anxiety Have them take the Math Study Skills Evaluation Teach study skills/test anxiety reduction techniques Praise students for coming to you for help Don’t “lecture” the student Refer them to a counselor
  15. 15. Ten Steps to Doing Online Homework1. Review related textbook material.2. Review appropriate lecture notes.3. Do homework neatly.4. Must write down problem and every problem step.5. Understand reasons for problem steps instead of using the click and go method.6. For difficult problems use the resources provided by the software (videos /tutor line).7. Finish by working a problem successfully.8. Recall or write down important concepts. Learning from online homework is more9. Develop virtual note cards by using difficult than text book www.studystack.com. homework10. Don’t get behind – you could get block out.
  16. 16. Taking the Test: Ten Steps for Taking a Test1. Memory Data Dump2. Preview Test3. 2nd Memory Data Dump4. Test Progress Schedule5. Answer Easy Questions6. Skip Difficult Questions “The first student done with the test may not be the smartest in the class.7. Review Skipped Questions Often the smart students are the ones8. Guess at Remaining Questions that take the entire time to make sure they do everything accurately. Be9. Review All of the Test brave. Stay in the room and make sure you complete everything accurately.”10. Use all the Test Time
  17. 17. Six Types of Test-taking Errors1. Misread Directions2. Careless Errors3. Concept Errors This is why they invented4. Application Errors the eraser!5. Test Procedure Errors6. Study Errors Use the eraser wisely. Sometimes it is better to scratch something out at first and then make sure the correction is right. Go back and erase, leaving the correct information. Sometimes when we are nervous, we may change a correct answer. We erase the right answer, go on to other problems, check the test and discover we changed an answer incorrectly and have forgotten the right answer.
  18. 18. Help Students Take Control Over Math With Self MotivationDevelop Internal Locus of Control, Self-EfficacyAvoid Learned HelplessnessOvercome Procrastination by Defeating Fear ofFailure, Fear of Success, Rebellion AgainstAuthority and PerfectionismHow to Improve Self-EsteemHow to Communicate to Your Math InstructorMotivate Students with Disabilities - SuggestStudents go to Disability Resource Center
  19. 19. Good News! You can change!
  20. 20. Web ResourcesAmerican Math Association of Two Year Collegeshttp://www.amatyc.orgBeyond Crossroads by the American Math Association of Two YearCollegeshttp://www.bc.amatyc.orgMath Research and Study Skills by Dr. Paul Nolting and othershttp://www.academicsuccess.com/research/math.php National Developmental Education Association www.nade.net Math Study Skills Workbook Web site http://mathstudyskills.tropicalminds.com/ Web –Based Program for Online Math Students. http://www.mathreadinness.com

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