Test anxiety is the feeling of nervousness and distress you experience before or during an exam. Students who suffer from text anxiety report difficulties with concentration, mental blocks, and distractibility.
Individuals who worry a lot Perfectionists Students that are not prepared but want to do well. People who find it difficult to accept mistakes.
Anticipatory: The feeling of stress occurring while studying for or thinking about the exam. Situational: Feeling of stress that occurs while taking the exam.
Going blank (mentally) Elevated heart rate Difficulty concentrating Self doubt based on past performance and consequences of failure. Knowing the answers after the test, but not during the exam.
Be well prepared for the test Self Test Maintain a healthy lifestyle Think positive Organize materials you will need for the exam prior to taking it. Get adequate amount of sleep. Arrive to test classroom early to clear your mind before test. Reward yourself when the test is over.
You must be responsible for your own thoughts.Instead of thinking “I must do good on this test or….” change your mindset to “I will do good on this test because I have studied, worked hard, etc.”
Read material for clarity. Take notes along with professor’s lecture, highlight areas professor says you should pay attention to. They will likely be on the test. Read the chapter summary before reading the chapter. Take note of any questions that you have after reading the chapter information.
Gather valuable information about the exam. Prepare well by setting a study schedule, reviewing, and testing yourself. Get rest and eat well. Know strategies for different types of test- multiple choice, short answer, matching, and essay.
Unload Information- Write down hard to remember formulas and terms in the margin or back of exam. Survey exam- Before you begin answering, take a quick look at the exam. This will help you decide where to begin. READ directions carefully and underline key terms and phrases. Do “easy” questions first- They may give you clues for the more challenging questions. Relax- Use your strategies to calm yourself.
Do not let test anxiety hinder your performance, but more importantly do not let it stop you from being successful. By using the tips we have discussed today you can overcome your anxiety and conquer the test. Remain calm…and KNOW that you will perform well on the exam.
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