Coping with Test Anxiety

June 12th, 2014

The end of the school year is upon us, which means final exams. While there is no sure fire way to ace an exam, there are strategies you can use to help decrease your anxiety before and during the exam.

In the days and weeks leading up to an exam, here are a few tips for reducing your anxiety.

  • Study – review your textbook, read your notes, talk to a friend from class, teach the idea to a family member
    • Avoiding studying only increases your anxiety
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule – a rested mind learns better and is less prone to stress and worry
  • Boost your confidence – remind yourself that you’re studying hard and you’ve passed many tests in the past
  • Practice – ask a friend or family member to quiz you (you’ll find out what you know and what you need to study more)

During the test, here are a few tips for calming down and performing well.

  • Take 5 deep breaths, noticing the air fill your stomach as you inhale
  • Tell yourself, “I can do this.”
  • Use a scrap piece of paper to jot down information you worry you might forget
  • Save the tough items until the end

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