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Paradise Valley Comm. College Learning Support Center Rick Sheets, Ed.D . Easing Away Test Anxiety. Metacognitive awareness. http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/lsc/online.htm. Confidence/ Attitude/ Drive. Preparedness/ Practice/ Knowledge. Outline. Goals… Cycle of Anxiety

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Paradise Valley Comm. College Learning Support Center

Rick Sheets, Ed.D.

Easing Away Test Anxiety

Metacognitive awareness

http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/lsc/online.htm

Confidence/

Attitude/Drive

Preparedness/Practice/

Knowledge


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Outline

  • Goals…

  • Cycle of Anxiety

  • Long term goalsReal work for real changes

  • Magic pill?No, short term strategies

  • Checkpoints &progress

  • Did I win?

Metacognitive awareness

Confidence/

Attitude/Drive

Preparedness/Practice/

Knowledge


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Long term goalsReal work for real changes

Get help & support to break the Cycle of Anxiety before it manifests itself physically:

Identify negative thoughts, self-talks, images, events, and sensory related triggers...

Use strategies and relaxation techniques including relaxation response, meditation, reframing, re-programming, or others...

Realize the resources available to you through PVCC Counseling Services and Fitness Center...


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Magic Pill

No.

Strategies to help when

to better deal with the

Physical Symptoms

of anxiety…





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Time Management

  • Time management systems…

  • 168 hours in a week

  • Block out committed times Work/School/Other required commitments

  • Block out sleep, eating, and personal readiness

  • Look at times left and other needsinclude homework/study times needed weekly

  • When should the most difficult courses be studied


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Strategies to beat test anxiety

  • Be prepared

  • Spend your study time wisely – Practice anxiety reduction

  • Taking Tests


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Prepare for exams

  • Identify exam & prep needs…

  • What materials should I study?

  • Sequence what, how, and when to study.


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Spending Your Time Wisely… Lowering Anxiety

  • Relax!...

    • Count/Visualize/Unplug the toe/ReprogramSelf-Talks

  • Prepare/Maximize learning/When is your best time?

    • Rituals - Preview/study/take breaks/review

    • Test yourself

  • Index Cards/Where to get the information?

  • Mnemonics (silent m, long e)

  • Memory Dump

  • Others…


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Ways to avoid procrastination

  • Study with others

  • Step back and check your progress from time to time

  • Start/Use 5 minute plan

  • Be specific

  • Visualize success or completion

  • Smart cramming

  • Find a reward

  • Others…


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Test Prepping Strategies

  • What is important to study?

  • What materials should you use?

  • Type of questions: Essay, Multiple Choice, T/F, Fill-in, Matching

  • Learn from your mistakes

  • Time yourself

  • Practice reducing anxietydon’t wait until test day

  • Should I cram?


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Test-taking Strategies

  • Mind Set

  • Preview test

  • Plan your time/Points/Weighted

  • Memory Dump/Anxiety Reduction

  • Read question carefully

  • Strategies for essay, multiple choice,matching, T/F, fill-in

  • Skip or guess

  • Be last to Finish

  • Review test, be sure it is complete

  • Others…


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LSC Online Links

HowToStudy.Org (14 sites on Overcoming Test Anxiety)http://www.howtostudy.org/resources_skill.php?id=16

Learning Your Way: Performance and Testinghttp://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/%7Esheets/lmw/perfo.htm

Overcoming Test Anxiety: http://www.studygs.net/tstprp8.htm

Top Ten Survivor Tips for Math Anxiety: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/lsc/online/Handout_Math_Anxiety.doc


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Checkpoint & Progress…


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Did I win?...

Balancing

goals

and

strategies!

Metacognitive awareness

Balancing

Strategies & Goals


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Paradise Valley Comm. College Learning Support Center

Rick Sheets, Ed.D.

Easing Away Test Anxiety

Metacognitive awareness

Confidence/

Attitude/Drive

Preparedness/Practice/

Knowledge


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