What is it?
- It is when you are so nervous about preparing or taking a test that you have difficulty planning, thinking, concentrating, recalling what you have studied, and relaxing.
- It is common, understandable, and curable.
Is test anxiety all bad?
- No. We need a little anxiety to get us going. If we had no feelings of anxiety, we wouldn't care and we wouldn't get anything done.
- However, it is not good when we have so much anxiety that we set ourselves up for failure. Fear can be our enemy.
What can you do about it?
- Take care of yourself.
- Plan your study strategy.
- Organize your time and stick closely to it. When you are to study, study.
- Allow time for recreation and study breaks. When you schedule yourself to have fun and relax, enjoy.
- Make your study setting conducive to studying, free from distractions.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat nutritious meals - 3 a day.
- Allow enough time. Get to the exam early.
- Avoid frightened students. Anxiety is contagious.
- First, ask yourself: "What is the worst that can happen? Can I deal with that?"
- Learn this relaxation technique: Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and feel your stomach (not your chest) extend. Hold for a few seconds. Pull in your stomach, forcing the air out and think "relax". Repeat 2 or 3 times. Practice this procedure.
- While studying, upon arriving at the exam, and while taking an exam if you feel the need, concentrate on your breathing using the above technique to relax.