Test Taking Strategies and Test Anxiety Workshop. Anxiety is the feeling of agitation and distress you experience when you are faced with a challenge such as performing on stage, competing in an athletic event or taking an exam . What Is Anxiety?.
Anxiety is the feeling of agitation and distress you experience when you are faced with a challenge such as performing on stage, competing in an athletic event or taking an exam .
Test anxiety is the feeling of nervousness and distress you experience before or during an exam. Students who suffer from test anxiety report difficulties with concentration, mental blocks, and distractibility.What is Test Anxiety?
Test anxiety occurs in a wave so it will increase from when you first recognize it, come to a peak, and then subside.
Test anxiety affects you in three ways:
- increased heartbeat
- tensed muscles
- dry mouth
- Inability to make decisions, act, or express yourself.
- Difficulty reading and understanding questions on an exam.
- Difficulty organizing your thoughts.
- Difficulty recalling or retrieving terms and concepts.
- Feeling apprehensive or uneasy.
- Feeling upset.
- Having self-doubt or negative self-talk.
Prepare well and in advance!
Check your attitude!
and in advance?
Put specific study times into your schedule and determine study tasks for each review session.
Below is an example of a student’s review schedule one week before exam:
-Conduct review sessions 10 minutes a day for each class. Seeing, hearing, or interacting with the class material often will help you remember it.
-Study in short spurts (an hour or less) and take breaks, rather that studying straight through for several hours.
-Aim for understanding the material, not just memorizing.
-Making flash cards.
-Using chapter tests in your textbook.
-Turning each section heading into a question and then trying to answer it.
-Looking away from each section you are studying and reiterating (to yourself or a study partner), verbally or in writing, what that section is about.
-If issues outside of school distract you, jot them down on a piece of paper so you can come back to deal with them later.
For chronic anxiety or depression, talk to a professional.
-Change negative self-talk into positive self-talk. For example, if the voice in your head says:
“I’ve never been good at Math. I’m going to fail this exam!”
Change it to:
“Math is not my best subject but if I practice and ask questions, I’ll be okay.”
-Keep in mind that one exam is unlikely to make or break your whole future.
Learn stress releasing strategies that you can use in and out of the exam situation. Practice the techniques so they become easy to use.
Listen to music that soothes or motivates you
Practice stress releasing exercises
Following are Quick Relaxation Techniquesyou can use in or out of the classroom:
- Is it warm or cool? Are there soothing breezes or comforting sun rays?
Here are some student suggestions:
out of the anxiety.
out – take a few breaths, tense and relax, or do a quick stretch.
Set Goals For Change:List test taking or study strategy ideas you think might help you perform better on exams. Then decide how and when you will implement them.
In order to improve my test taking skills I will work on:
List two test taking or study skills you will incorporate this week:
List two test taking or study skills you will incorporate this semester: