Reducing Test AnxietyAnxiety is something that everyone experiences to some extent in any stressful situation. For students, one of the most frequent stressful or anxiety-provoking experiences is taking tests. All students may feel some effects of the anxiety associated with exams. Anxious feelings can range from a nervous feeling to forgetting and blanking out or actually becoming physically ill. Slight amounts of anxiety frequently result in improved test performance, but anxiety becomes a problem when it begins to adversely affect a person's performance on the exam.
Mental Preparation is of primary concern in dealing with test anxiety.
Before the exam, the student can do several things:
During the exam, be test-wise and have a plan for taking the exam.
Physical Preparation is a second important area to consider in reducing test anxiety.
Relaxation Techniques are a third way you can reduce anxiety. When used with mental and physical preparation, relaxation before and during an exam can aid retention and improve test performance.
Everyone has anxiety. If you think, however, that your anxiety is extreme, it may be necessary to seek help from a trained counselor. Counselors are available through the University Counseling Center, 225 Whitesitt Hall, 235-4044.
Please contact Sarah Lueck - Student Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or Taylor Panczer at 620-235-4062 or by email at email@example.com for more information. Or stop by our office in the Campus Activities Center, 109 Overman Student Center.
Feeling Stressed? Test Anxiety? Log off in one of the five massage chairs in the Relaxation Room adjacent to the U-Club in Overman Student Center or try one of these useful Relaxation/Visualization Exercises!