Most students will experience mild to moderate test anxiety at some point in their academic career. It frequently feels like we are the only one that suffers from this problem though. Test anxiety has been shown to reduce performance at least 12% and frequently by a greater percentage.*
The good news is that with some easy to learn skills, and with habitual practice, you can learn to reduce the effects that test anxiety has on your performance.
*(Hembree, R. (1988). Correlates, Causes, Effects and Treatment of Test Anxiety. Review of Educational Research. 58, 1, 47–77
Part of the key to effective relaxation and stress reduction is getting more oxygen to the body. Under stress, your body does not always breath efficicently. You can learn the habits of good breathing to help relax yourself and clear your mind.
Your mind and body have instinctual reactions to anything that is percieved as a threat. If you are having test anxiety, somehow you have leaned that tests are a threat. Here are some techniques that you can use to help your mind and body learn to calm down.
To the reader:
The following guide is intended as a resource to help you overcome mild to moderate test anxiety. This guide has come from many sources of research and many years of experience working with students that suffer from test anxiety. I am not a licensed counselor, therapist or psychiatrist, so this guide is not necessarily a quick fix if you have a serious anxiety problem. If anxiety is affecting your daily function, I advise you to seek professional help from one of the aforementioned sources. I hope you find the resources on this page helpful.
Part 1 of Presentation on Managing Test Anxiety
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi