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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

long term goals real work for real changes
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...

magic pill
Magic Pill

No.

Strategies to help when

to better deal with the

Physical Symptoms

of anxiety…

time management
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
strategies to beat test anxiety
Strategies to beat test anxiety
  • Be prepared
  • Spend your study time wisely – Practice anxiety reduction
  • Taking Tests
prepare for exams
Prepare for exams
  • Identify exam & prep needs…
  • What materials should I study?
  • Sequence what, how, and when to study.
spending your time wisely lowering anxiety
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…
ways to avoid procrastination
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…
test prepping strategies
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?
test taking strategies
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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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