Nov 14, 2013

Do you suffer from test anxiety?

Test anxiety is a common problem for many students.  Here are some things that can be done to reduce anxiety.
Ask for help. Just talking to someone about test anxiety can make you feel better. Describe what happens to you when you're taking a test and these people can help you figure out some solutions. 
Be prepared. Pay attention in class. Do your homework. Study for the test. On test day, you're more likely to feel like you know the material.
Expect the best. Once you have prepared, think positively. Say to yourself, "I studied and I'm ready to do my best."
Block bad thoughts. Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test ("I'm no good at taking tests" or "I'm going to freak out if I get a bad grade"). These thoughts can make anxiety worse and make it harder for you to do well on the test.
Accept mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Be more forgiving of your own mistakes, especially if you prepared for the test and are set to do your best.
Take care of yourself. You'll feel your best if you get enough playtime, sleep, and nutritious food. This is important all the time, but be extra-sure you get all three the day before a test.
Breathe better. OK, so you already know how to breathe. But did you know that breathing exercises can help calm you down? (Just try not to take in too much air because it might make you feel dizzy.) Here's how to do it: Inhale (breathe in) slowly and deeply through your nose, and then exhale (breathe out) slowly through your mouth. Do this two to four times and you just might breathe easier the next time you're taking a test!
For more on this or to read the full article published by D'Arcy Lyness, PhD use the link below 


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