Some tips to reducing anxiety when taking a test.
By: Brittany List
- Be prepared- if you haven’t done your work of course you will be anxious. Take the time to do small amounts of required reading throughout the time in between tests. Take time to review your notes each night. Make sure you have gotten all your homework done and handed in. This will help ease the anxiety associated with test taking. There’s nothing more stressful then showing up to take a test and you have no idea what the test is even going to be asking.
- Fuel your body- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the day before a test. This means no late night cramming! Make yourself a well-balanced breakfast and stay away from the sugary treats and anything with caffeine like coffee and energy drinks. These will only increase your anxiety level. Try a glass of milk with toast and fruit.
- Go to class early- This gives you time to look over your notes before taking the test.
- Take your time- Read each question slowly and try to fully understand what is being asked. Don’t feel bad if you’re not sure how to answer a question skip it and come back later. Many people aren’t aware of how to use your test to help you. Many test questions contain answers to other questions so after you finish the test go back to skipped questions and you may be surprised that you can now answer it. When you have completed the test to the best of your ability take time to review your answers. This gives you time to reread questions and find areas you may have missed and make any corrections.
- Last but not least, don’t rush- So what if other people finish before you, by taking extra time to go over each question there’s a higher chance your grade will be better than whoever finished first.
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