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Test Anxiety Rough
Transcript of Test Anxiety Rough
Helps you follow your routine
Allows realistic evaluations of yourself.
Avoid inaccurate assumptions of what you have done.
Avoid small mindless work.
How do you feel before taking a test?
Approaching your Test!
Find out as much as you can about the test beforehand!
What to do when you get your test back.
Approaching a test
Or do you feel
Why do we panic?
A lot is riding on us to do well on a exam:
Expectations of peers, family, friends, and teachers
Visualizing the hardest part of a test can send us spinning
It can be so demoralizing that instead of reviewing notes or reading the textbook...
Procrastination happens! Your mind simulates work by focusing on simple mindless tasks:
Willpower is a finite source and can be exhausted!
Stress Intervention Plan
Anxiety is learned behavior and can be "rehearsed"!
Zeigarnik Effect: a compelling feeling to finish a task one has started and discomfort when a task is not completed.
Studying everything in one day (cramming) is overwhelmingly stressful. That requires willpower and can lead to
Study in sessions of intense work and planned relaxation.
Example: 90 minutes of work followed by a 20 minute break.
Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes of work, 5 minutes break, and every third break is 20 minutes.
Follow your Schedule!
Tip: Get started studying for a test right now!
Tip: Schedule study sessions before a test!
Breaking large tasks into smaller ones makes them less arduous and it will be easier to get started!
Tip: Track deadlines on a calendar!
Tip: Use a timer.
Are you giving the right kind of answers?
Should you guess?
Should you change your answers?
Start with easier questions!
Examine the Exam
Types of questions
T/F, Essay, Multiple Choice...
Time to answer
Write on test paper?
Things to bring?
Tip: Review your accountability chart every night, than make a list of everything you want to accomplish the next day.
Tip: If possible, write everything
you remember on the test or
Tip: Remember to leave time to review your answers in the end.
Learn from experience
1.Learn from mistakes
2. Review with Professor or Tutor
3.Careful comparing yourself to classmates
4. Avoid obsessions
5. Keep perspective
one test is just one test
Student Development courses
DS 112: Building Math Confidence
DS 102: Study Habits Development
DS 106: Success Group
DS 108: Memory Development
The Writing and Reading Tutoring Center (HU 02)
The Writing, Computer, and Language Center (MT 20)
The Math and Science Center (MT 02)
Student Support Services Trio Program in South Campus Building 006 offers assistance for eligible students.
(240) 567- 1765
Louisiana State U.
Study Guides and Strategies
Educational Video Network
Texas Woman's University
Science of Productivity
Stress causes a physical response
Stress causes a emotional reaction (ex. anxiety)!
Change life conditions to be less stressful
Stressor (causes stress)
If you prepare to fail, you will fail!
Exercise burn stress byproducts
Relaxation reduces emotional arousal: deep breathing, stretching, visualization, meditation
Get plenty of sleep
Eat healthy beforehand
Prepare to succeed
Use positive self-talk.
Even failing can be a learning experience (look for the silver lining).
Every test is just a step towards a greater goal.
Perception of stressors
Ex. Tensing your shoulders during a test; bracing.
Facing your Fears!
So you should just force yourself to work harder right?
Priorities and goals
ABC analysis, Eisenhower
Schedule, Delegation (study groups), Saying "no"
Friends, Family, TRiO Staff
Self-efficacy: personal sense of competence.
I can manage my stress and pass my test!
Procrastination is not a solution!
Cognitive appraisal: personal interpretation of a stressor.
perceiving stress as a threat or not.
Tests are not Punishment
Tests are challenges to better prepare you for life.
Don't dwell on anxieties!
Study smarter, not harder!
Changing thoughts and feelings towards anxiety-provoking stress.
Increasing productivity to get work done.