Overcoming Test Anxiety
Tips for reducing test anxiety
What are some strategies that might help you with test anxiety?
Following are some strategies for reducing test anxiety.
Before The Exam
- Start preparing early rather than waiting until the last minute and cramming.
- Start studying a week or two before the exam
- Study in smaller blocks of time - Spaced out learning helps your memory and cognition so it is more effective than cramming even if you spend the same amount of time.
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- Learn how to study more effectively.
- Study the way you will be tested for example, for an essay practice outlining different essay questions.
- Ask yourself and answer questions to practice recalling information like in a testing situation.
- Make charts and outlines that organize information
- More Study Effectively Tips
- Practice healthy living
- Get regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Create a balanced schedule
- Sleep well
- Stay away from using stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
- Learn stress reduction techniques like meditation.
During The Exam
- Think of the exam as an opportunity to show off what you know
- Read exam questions carefully.
- Essay Questions- write an outline to organize your ideas, address all the main points, and minimize repetition
- Short answer questions - answer only what is asked - keep it short and to the point.
- Multiple choice questions - read all alternatives then eliminate those that are incorrect and pay attention to qualifying words like only, always, and most
- Dealing with possible fears
- If anxiety begins to interfere with your test performance -
- Focus on a calming object
- Perform a calming action like reciting a mantra (a phrase you repeat to yourself)
- Wear, touch, or look at something that triggers a calming response.
After The Exam
- Learn from your experience
- Keep notes about what worked and what didn't work for reducing test anxiety.
- It helps to be strategic, intentional, and creative in developing and applying an anxiety reduction plan.
- Keep a positive attitude
- It is not helpful to punish yourself for what didn't go well. Instead, reward yourself for what did go well.
- Review what worked well for you and where you can make adjustments.
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