Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Test Anxiety...

This morning my oldest Minion, J-man, woke up riddled with Test Anxiety, he has his Writing Taks test this morning, which is the Texas Statewide Assessment tests  I did my best to try and calm him, I hugged and loved on him told him everything was going to be fine and that he would do great and he still left the house unsure of himself, he was in tears most of the morning.  I was at a loss as what more I could do.  What do you do to help you or a loved one relieve anxiety?

Here are some pointers on reducing Test Anxiety 

Reducing Test Taking Anxiety

Test anxiety is when a student excessively worries about doing well on a test. This can become a major hindrance on test performance and cause extreme nervousness and memory lapses among other symptoms. The following are tips on reducing test taking anxiety.

Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test taking anxiety.

Space out your studying over a few days or weeks and continually review class material. Don't try to learn everything the night before.

Try to maintain a positive attitude while preparing for the test and during the test.

Exercising for a few days before the test will help reduce stress.

Get a good night's sleep before the test.

Show up to class early so you won't have to worry about being late.

Stay relaxed, if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work.

Read the directions slowly and carefully.

If you don't understand the directions on the test, ask the teacher to explain it to you.

Skim through the test so that you have a good idea how to pace yourself.

Write down important formulas, facts, definitions and/or keywords in the margin first so you won't worry about forgetting them.

Do the simple questions first to help build up your confidence for the harder questions.

Don't worry about how fast other people finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.

If you don't know a question skip it for the time being (come back to it later if you have time), and remember that you don't have to always get every question right to do well on the test.

Focus on the question at hand. Don't let your mind wander on other things.

If you're still experiencing extreme test anxiety after following these tips, seek help from your school counselor.


1 comment:

cath said...

being the mother of two daughters (now grown) who suffered test anxiety, I am wishing I had read this post years ago! The youngest daughter has finally figured most of this out for herself, and after attempting college Algebra 5 times and failing, finally made an A last semester, and told me in tears that she no longer feels like a failure. How proud I am of her and told her so...

thanks for such an interesting post...great advice...


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