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Test Preparation to Reduce Anxiety
- Approach the exam with confidence:
Use whatever strategies you can to personalize success: visualization, logic, talking to your self, practice, team work, journaling, etc.
- Be prepared!
Learn your material thoroughly and organize what materials you will need for the test.
- Choose a comfortable location for taking the test
with good lighting and minimal distractions
- Allow yourself plenty of time,
especially to do things you need to do before the test and still get there a little early
- Avoid thinking you need to cram just before
- Strive for a relaxed state of concentration
Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity, who will distract your preparation
- Get a good night's sleep
- Don't go to the exam with an empty stomach
Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress.
Stressful foods can include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, chips and similar snack foods, foods containing preservatives or heavy spices
During the Test...
- Read the directions carefully
- Budget your test taking time
- Change positions to help you relax
- If you go blank, skip the question and go on
- If you're taking an essay test and you go blank on the whole test, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind
- Don't panic when students start handing in their papers. There's no reward for finishing first
Use Relaxation Techniques!
- Relax; you are in control.
Take slow, deep breaths
- Don't think about the fear
Pause: think about the next step and keep on task, step by step
- Use positive reinforcement for yourself:
Acknowledge that you have done, and are doing, your best
- Expect some anxiety
It's a reminder that you want to do your best and can provide energy
Just keep it manageable