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February 8, 2008

Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to make test anxiety more manageable:

Preparation – develop good study habits, spreading studying over several days; ask for additional help when needed; eat good foods, get adequate rest, and exercise to build energy; attend class regularly and complete all assignments in a timely manner; make and take practice tests.

Keep a positive attitude – develop reasonable expectations; do not allow your grades to become dependent on the outcome of one exam; avoid negative and irrational thoughts about catastrophic results; set up a system of rewards for dedicated studying and good test performance; encourage yourself.

Relaxation techniques – deep breathing exercises, imagery and visualization, and muscle relaxation techniques can help to increase focus an concentration; don’t arrive too early or get distracted by others preparing for the test; check to make sure you have everything you will need.

Learn good test-taking skills – do not panic if you can’t remember something right away; answer questions you know well first, and then go back to other ones; read questions and directions carefully before you begin; outline essays before you begin to write; keep short-answers short; don’t spend a lot of time reviewing answers.

Any other test taking tips you found useful for reducing the anxiety??? Please, share with us…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2008 5:03 pm

    It’s easy to say but hard to put in action. I wish I had %100 control over all my actions (odd?).

  2. February 8, 2008 5:44 pm

    I know, same here! I have good days and bad days, when studying is the last thing I can do. Nothing is easy, though. I believe, that with hard work and devotion you can achieve anything you want.

  3. February 9, 2008 5:17 pm

    I found a technique called Internal Energy Plus. This technique has helped me to perform with anxiety, but perform exactly how I have practiced.

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