SOME TIPS FOR REDUCING TEST ANXIETY
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.
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