Do you often feel anxiety and overwhelmed before you take a test? Do you feel like you can’t focus on studying because you just know that you are going to fail? Perhaps you are worried about what others will think of your grade or how it will affect your overall grade for the course. You aren’t alone when it comes to test anxiety. It is a real issue and one that you can overcome. It is going to take time though focusing on better habits as well as better outcomes.
Don’t put off studying as that will only make your issue with test anxiety worse. Plan plenty of time leading up to the day of the test. Spend some time every day working on studying so that you are confident when that test day arrives that you know the answers. Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can study. Shorter study time periods will get you better results than one long block of time.
You may be fearful that you are going to walk into the test and not remember anything. Maybe you have test anxiety that results in you feeling sweating and uncomfortable before the test. Try to relax and to focus on what you do know for the test coming up. Try to always focus on a very positive outcome too. When you see yourself going into the test room calmly, doing well on the test, and getting an excellent grade, it can really change the way you feel about everything.
To help you get through any tough moments prior to the test, try to learn various breathing exercises. Then you can rely on them to help you reduce test anxiety. While you are sitting there waiting for the exam to start, you can use those breathing techniques to keep you calm and focused. As you start the test, don’t dwell on questions you don’t know the answers to. Continue to focus on those you can answer as they will give you confidence. Then go back to those you had difficulties with.
Test anxiety can give the impression that you don’t care, that you didn’t prepare, and that you aren’t focused on your education. Talk to your parents, your teachers, and get support. If your test scores are lower than your homework it definitely shows that you are trying. Test anxiety doesn’t have to stop you from reaching your true potential. Don’t be ashamed or hide the issue, ask for help. Test anxiety is a real issue and no one is going to look at you differently because of it.
Your school also has resources to aid you with getting organized for studying, techniques you can use to reduce anxiety, and even study groups or tutoring. You may need to try different methods until you find the one that offers you the most overall relief. Be patient, believe in yourself, and work to overcome test anxiety once and for all! You don’t have to continue to feel chained by how you used to feel before a test.
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