Test Anxiety Workshop


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  • To become a more successful Test Taker we will focus on two areas:
    Learning to control test anxiety
    Learning to utilize test-taking strategies
    Today we will learn how to work on these and increase your overall test grades!!

  • Who thinks they have Test Anxiety?
  • Most people have some form of Test Anxiety! Are there any other symptoms that you guys feel?
    Other Symptoms: Confusion, Negative thoughts, Shortness of Breath, Frustration, Depression.
  • There are several factors that can contribute to the cause of too much anxiety:
    Pressure from family, friends, or professors. Competition with classmates, Graduation.
    If a student has had previous problems or bad experiences with test-taking, this can lead to a negative mind-set. Individuals who tie their self-worth to the outcome of a test tend to create an overwhelming fear of failure, so remember its just a test.
    Waiting until the last minute can leave you anxious or overwhelmed. Cramming is stressful! Bad time management is a huge cause of anxiety!
    If you work on improving your test taking skills, you can Control your Test Anxiety!!

  • You can control your test anxiety by working on your test taking skills, and Earlier we also talked about Relaxation. Things you can do a week before the test to keep your anxiety low during an exam, the most important thing is to PRACTICE. Practice test, homework, practice different types of questions, prepare with other classmates.
    Get rest, do not stay up studying all night and cramming. Your brain needs rest. No worries, be confident going into the test.
    The day of, Take a small snack, or some other nourishment to help take your mind off of your anxiety.
    Keep focus! Do not engage in negative convo with your friends. Strive for a relaxed state of concentration avoid talking with students who have not prepared, who express negativity, who will distract your preparation
  • Think positively: Remind yourself—You may be taking a test, but you are well prepared.
    Use your imagination: Imagine yourself being calm and in control.
    Diet: Avoid stimulants and depressants.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed: View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you have prepared! And to receive a reward for the studying you’ve done, instead of receiving a grade.
  • Get familiar with your test to increase you comfort level.
    Dump Sheet– Organize your thoughts
  • Can you name any other acronyms you’ve used? How about PMAT for biology (Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase)? Or, FOIL (first, outer, inner, last) for math?
  • Use the process of elimination. The first two animals aren’t likely to be in the house or capable of chewing a shoe. The second two are possibilities, but because we are looking for the most likely, it’s probably the dog. Use the process of elimination.
  • Look for key words in the problem. Organize your thoughts.
  • Test Anxiety Workshop

    1. 1. TEST-TAKING Test Anxiety Test-Taking Strategies
    2. 2. Test Anxiety  What is test anxiety?  What are the symptoms?  What causes test anxiety?  How can I control it?
    3. 3. What is Test Anxiety?  Test Anxiety: An uneasiness or apprehension experienced before, during, or after a test because of concern, worry, or fear.  If you have ever experienced: ◦ Mental Blocks ◦ Nervousness ◦ Physical discomfort
    4. 4. Do you have test-anxiety? A. Yes B. No C. I don’t know Yes No Idon’tknow 0% 0%0%
    5. 5. Symptoms Increased Heart Rate Butterflies Sweaty Palms Dizziness Muscle Tension
    6. 6. What Causes Test Anxiety?  Pressure  Past experiences  Fear of failure  Lack of preparation  Poor test-taking skills
    7. 7. How to Prevent Test Anxiety  Week Before – Prepare and Practice!  Day Before – Eat right, Get rest, No worries!  Day Of – Relax, Be Confident, Keep Focus!  Day After – Get your mind off of the test. Do a favorite activity. Hang out with friends  Week After – Start preparation for your next exam
    8. 8. Helpful Tips to Reduce Anxiety  Set the right atmosphere for studying  Take notes efficiently  Develop a study schedule  Create learning aids  Prepare yourself by attending all classes, asking questions, and getting help if you have a particular problem with the material.
    9. 9. Controlling Anxiety  Think positively.  Use your imagination in a positive way.  Have a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.
    11. 11. General Tips Before you begin the exam: 1. Read the directions carefully 2. Preview types of questions and the point value of each 3. Calculate time needed for each section 4. “Dump sheet” Write any notes that will help stimulate your memory
    12. 12. Acronyms  Used everyday to communicate  Great to help memorize detailed processes or information for tests too
    13. 13. Three Types of Test Questions  Multiple Choice  Short Answer  Essay
    14. 14. Multiple Choice  Multiple choice questions usually include a phrase or stem followed by three to five options  Test-taking strategies: ◦ Read the directions carefully ◦ Know if each question has one or more correct option ◦ Know if you are penalized for guessing ◦ Know how much time is allowed
    15. 15. Multiple Choice  Strategies for answering difficult questions: ◦ Eliminate options you know to be incorrect ◦ "All of the above:" If you know two of three options seem correct, "all of the above" is a strong possibility ◦ Remember that you are looking for the best answer, not only a correct one
    16. 16. Multiple Choice 1. Which of the following animals most likely chewed mom’s shoe? a) Ant b) Bat c) Cat d) Dog
    17. 17. Who wrote A Christmas Carol? A. Stephen King B. Dr. Seuss C. Ernest Hemingway D. Charles Dickens E. Nicholas Sparks Stephen King Dr.Seuss ErnestHem ingw ayCharlesDickensNicholasSparks 0% 0% 0%0%0%
    18. 18. Short Answer  A teacher's primary purpose in giving a short-answer test is to test whether you have a foundation of knowing the material, usually factual.  Prepare for the test ◦ Develop summary sheets of the course material information. ◦ Focus on key words, events, vocabulary, concepts ◦ Organize and categorize the material, then review.
    19. 19. Short Answer  When taking the test ◦ Respond directly to the question or directive ◦ Focus on keywords and ideas called for ◦ Eliminate those that do not directly address the information requested in the test item • Remember: ◦ A guess made with common sense could get you more test points than if you leave an answer blank
    20. 20. Essay ◦ Read all of the questions/instructions first ◦ Underline key words:  Organize  Summarize  Evaluate  Compare ◦ Be specific ◦ Write legibly ◦ Budget your time  Proofread at the end and correct any errors
    21. 21. Please Contact Us Conway 349-7872 Grand Strand 477-2113 Georgetown 520-1455 Email: sstc@hgtc.edu Website: http://www.hgtc.edu/sstc