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Overcoming Test Anxiety

Test Anxeity is a serious experience. Come learn how to avoid it.

Kristie Cansler

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of Overcoming Test Anxiety

What are the reasons that you think most people get test anxiety? Manage outside pressures (success/failure, consequences, grades, graduation, peer pressure, competitiveness)

Review past performances on tests to improve and learn from experience

Take advantage of the instructor's office hours/Ask questions

Seek tutoring early in the semester

Check in advance the format of the exam and the time allotted Overcoming Test Anxiety Test Anxiety is a serious experience. Come learn how to avoid it. Lack of preparation?

Lack of effective relaxation techniques? What are some symptoms of test anxiety? Prepare and Build Your confidence Review your personal situations and skills

Develop good study habits and strategies

Manage your time (tackle procrastination and distractions) *Assignment Calculator

Organize material to be studied and learned

Take a step by step approach to build strategy and not get overwhelmed. It is best for a student to develop and
appreciate the following habits:

Take responsibility for self*

Center yourself around your values and principles*

Put first things first* Discover your key productivity periods and places (morning, afternoon, or evening?)

Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive Prioritize these periods and spaces for your most difficult study challenges

"What location and time of the day has worked out to be best for studying your most challenging courses?" Consider yourself in a win-win situation!*

First understand others, then attempt to be understood*

Look for better solutions to problems*

Look to continually challenge yourself Manage any outside pressures such as grades, graduation, peer pressure, competitiveness, etc.

Review your past performances on tests to improve and learn from experiences. Test preparation to reduce anxiety:
Approach the exam with confidence*
Be prepared*
Testing location*
Allow yourself plenty of time*
Avoid thinking you need to cram just before. Strive for a state of concentration
Establish a program of exercise
Do not go to the exam on an empty stomach*
Take small snack or some other nourishment
"What do you typically eat before an exam?" Arrive to the testing location early During the test:

Listen carefully to the professor's instructions.

Read the instructions carefully to avoid misinterpreting what is being asked.

Circle or underline key words in the question.

Do the easier questions first, then do the more challenging questions. During the test continued...

Budget your test taking time.

Change positions to help you relax.

If you go blank, skip the question and go to the next question.

If you're taking an essay test and you go blank on the whole test, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind. During the test continued...

Allow yourself the entire test period to finish the exam. Do not panic when students start handing in their papers. Their is no reward for finishing first.

Never leave a question blank, give it your best educated guess, blank answers receive no credit.

Proofread your exam and check for errors. HOW TO RELAX

Use relaxation techniques

"What relaxation techniques do you use?"

Relax, you're in control.*

Don't think about the fear.*

Use positive reinforcement for yourself. Realize that some anxiety can be good*
After the test, review how you did.*

Check out local centers and resources for assistance, such as the Student Counseling Center (2nd Floor Armstrong-Slater). Dr. Kirkland-Harris, Director, Student Counseling Center If you are aware that you have a problem with test anxiety, be sure your instructor knows before any testing begins (and not the hour before!)----------There may also be other options to evaluate your knowledge or performance within the subject matter. Questions?
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