Avoiding Test Anxiety


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Avoiding Test Anxiety

  1. 1. Avoiding Test Anxiety<br />We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot. - Eleanor Roosevelt <br />
  2. 2. Objectives<br />Define Test Anxiety.<br />Identify two causes of Test Anxiety.<br />External and Internal.<br />Coping with Test Anxiety:<br />Stage 1 - Before the Test.<br />Stage 2 - During the Test.<br />Stage 3 - After the Test.<br />
  3. 3. What is Anxiety?<br />
  4. 4. What is Anxiety?<br />The two “F” words:<br />Fear + Frustration = Feeling threatened.<br />Feeling threatened is what causes anxiety.<br />Anxiety may cause to you experience perspiration (sweat), a rapid pulse, and/or a headache.<br />Anxiety can be positive – can alert you to things that are important. <br />Anxiety is a reaction to stress, it is a normal human behavior.<br />
  5. 5. Test Anxiety: Causes<br />
  6. 6. Test Anxiety: Internal Causes<br />Fear of:<br />Embarrassmentfrom sub-par results on the test.<br />Failure - and possibly continued failure. <br />Loss of Control – feeling like whatever you do, that nothing seems to help. <br />
  7. 7. Test Anxiety: External Causes<br />Lack of:<br />Good study habits – causing you to feel unfamiliar with the content.<br />Organizational skills – not knowing where to start when studying.<br />Time management – not taking the time to study until it’s too late.<br />
  8. 8. Coping with Test Anxiety<br />
  9. 9. Coping with Test Anxiety – Stage 1<br />Before the Test:<br />Focus on organization, study skills and time management. (see Managing Your Time and Study Skills and Strategies online workshops on the TRiO blackboard.) <br />Reduce interruptions. (i.e. step away from the iPhone, facebook, etc.)<br />Expect anxiety – don’t let it take you by surprise.<br />Avoid negative self thinking. (use positive thoughts)<br />Breathe.<br />
  10. 10. Coping with Test Anxiety – Stage 2<br />During the test.<br />Shift focus to the test and the here and now. Focusing on what you could have done will not help. <br />Use relaxation strategies: Breathe & pause. Close your eyes. Count from 1-10. Stretch. <br />Use positive self talk– not aloud but in your mind/to yourself. Let yourself know that you’re doing your best. <br />
  11. 11. Coping with Test Anxiety – Stage 3<br />After the test.<br />Focus on future: what’s done is done. There will be other tests.<br />If you did not get a good grade, don’t panic, but also don’t wait. Make an appointment to see your instructor as soon as possible. Ask specific questions: i.e. – which questions you got wrong, what can you study for the next test, etc. <br />Know what you can do to help grade – look over your syllabus, note important assignments and get as much credit for them as you can. <br />Identify what worked, and repeat it! <br />
  12. 12. Dealing with Test Anxiety:<br />It’s Normal – expect it. <br />Prepare, prepare, prepare.<br />Do not wait to ask for help. <br />Breathe.<br />Know that anxiety can be managed, if you choose to do so. <br />