Reducing Test Taking Anxiety (Part 1)


Reducing Test Taking Anxiety (Part 1)

Have you ever worried excessively about doing well on a test? So much so that the stress of the exam causes you to become so nervous that your memory lapses (among other symptoms). If so, this hindrance on your test performance is known as test taking anxiety.

Exams Are Around the Corner

With just a fleeting time to go before exams start, you may find that the pressure which used to help you stay focused is now causing you stress. Symptoms may include:

  • Feeling confused
  • Losing touch with friends
  • Feeling moody and low
  • Having trouble making decisions
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of motivation to do anything
  • Trouble sleeping or getting out of bed
  • Tense muscles or headaches
  • Having an upset stomach or feeling sick
  • Fidgeting, nail biting, teeth grinding.

Mara Why?

Why are exams – which you have lived through many times before – causing extreme stress now? It may be because you:

  • Are worried you might fail
  • Don't feel prepared
  • Want to do really well
  • Don’t have much time to study
  • Need to get a certain result
  • Don’t think you will do well enough
  • Find it hard to understand the work
  • Feel pressure from family to get good marks
  • Feel you need to compete with others
  • Have other things happening in your life.

It’s Never Too Late To Set Up Good Study Habits

As hard as it may seem to do right now, breathe deeply for ten cycles. Then check in tomorrow for more about reducing test-taking anxiety.


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