Self Help - Keeping Calm

calm in test
Jon, College Freshman
Waubonsee Community College, Suger Groove, IL

This articlei tells people how to take the necessary steps to keep calm and how to not get so worked up before the test. Also it tells how to be not to have a anxiety during test. It also tell how not to over analyze tests also. So this will help you not to be so worried about test again.

The Key to Test Taking: Before, During and After
Michelle, College Freshman
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

I picked this article because I am a victim of anxiety during a test. The first advice this article said was to "prepare well in advance.?" With this quote the key words are "prepare well." To me a class is not about studying only the night before but it is about reading what is do when it is due, setting dates for completing tasks on time, taking notes while reading, and reviewing the material days/weeks before the test. The day before the test, one should study theIr notes, but by a certain time should close their book and go to bed. For me the rule of thumb is counting eight hours back from when I need to wake up. Getting a good night's sleep, as this article and many before have said, is a key essential is doing well on a an exam- being awake.

Also, the article did extremely well in explaining how one should have all their materials ready beforehand and not rushing to a test. During the test, the article said one of the most important things that many do not do, "read over the test and plan your approach." Answering the questions one knows first not only can help boost the confidence of the student but once the easy questions are out of the way there will be more time to think about the harder questions. The last point the article made is to "pay attention to the test, not to others." During a test, the most important thing is to keep looking at the test or if the student needs to look up then they should look up at the ceiling so this way they will not even be glancing at other students who are taking the test.

The "Are You Test Anxious" mini-quiz was helpful because it let's people know, and me, that they need to be aware of their anxiety with tests and that most people, even college students, have some test anxiety.

Stay Calm During A Test
Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC

These are some great tips to use during the test and before the test. One of the main things I got out of this is to think positively through the whole test and not negatively.

Try these steps for test anxiety.
Griselda Escalante, College Freshman
Austin Communtiy College, Austin, Tx 78729

Reading the questions about if I had Test Anxiety was nerve wrecking for me cause all 6 I answered yes to. I made a copy of "How to keep calm during tests" for each class and taped it inside my binders to help me. In the mean time I am going to speak privately with a learning specialist a the learning center.

Test Anxiety - Contagious?
Kelly Billings, HS Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I didn't know that test anxiety could be contagious.I always though arriving early was beneficial.This information will be very useful in the future. When stressed I don't think well, so being aware of that, I'll work on remembering to relax so I can focus. All the tips were helpful for managing test anxiety.

Self Help Tips!
Melissa Williams
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

The Self Help-Keeping Calm site offers 10 tips on how to stay calm during tests. Many students can benefit from this list as it is a good reminder (or first time learning tips) on how to remain calm during tests. Examples of the tips include: admitting to yourself that you will not know all the answers, don't quiz each other before an exam/quiz, and don't hesitate to ask for clarification.

Many people (including me) don't always know that asking for clarification is okay, we think that maybe professors will just expect us to understand what the question is asking and a lot of is confusing! Great tips!

good tips!
Braegan Lovegrove, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

I really enjoyed how simple this article was. Gives really great advice. I usually get really bad test anxiety. I am going to try these tips next time. Seems simple and easy to do. Hopefully I can overcome my test anxiety with these tips.

Keeping Calm
Richard Henley, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

This site was pretty helpful. I had no idea that someone near me panicking over a test could also affect me. I guess I won't be showing up to any finals half an hour early. I also didn't know relaxing physically would help myself recenter my thought process. Will definitely be using these tips in the future.

Sounds familiar
Yesenia Acevedo
Chemeketa community college , Salem,Oregon

I found this very straight forward and to the point. This is good information to for me to apply the next time I take a test. I normally don't feel so overwhelmed when taking tests, but this semester has been different for me, especially with math. It's like everything I studied for just got deleted moments before my review and test. What makes it even stranger for me is I practice just about everyday and take it seriously.

Keeping calm during tests.
College Junior
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This small article was all about tips to help you stay calm while taking tests. I found this very helpful because I tend to get overly excited and nervous before a big test. I tend to think did I study enough, Did I study the right things, am I going to do the best that i can do, etc. This article gives some tips that really stand out to me and I will share those tips here.

1) Don't go to class too early. Other people's panic is contagious. I usually get to class 10 minutes before the test begins and this is usually when I see other classmates waiting in panic as well so this is something I can work on.

2) Don't quiz each other before the exam. I can work on this because i ask my better half to quiz me in the morning or before I get to class so that i can be more confident.

3) Pay attention to the test, not yourself and others. This is one of the problems that I've had for a while now. I end up looking around and getting distracted easily during the test and this some times effects the time it takes me to finish the exam.

4) If you notice that you are not thinking well, relax yourself physically during the exam. This is another thing that I need to work on and I believe that it ties into the one before it as well. instead of looking around i should practice physically relaxing myself and having that calm me so that i am not looking around and getting distracted.?????????????????????

Tim Thorpe, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

This site is at its most basic. 10 helpful relatively universal strategies to help manage general and test-related anxiety. I actually almost skipped over this site because it just didn't seem to have that much content. But what struck me was that some of the suggestions aren't that obvious. Such as "Don't show up too early, you will feed off others anxiety" sure it makes sense after I read it but wasn't something that I did on test days and explains why my anxiety would slowly creep upward as more people would show up on test day. I'd usually show up extra early to get in last minute reviews and I wasn't doing myself any favors.

It also has some additional links to study strategy reminders and ways to plan your approach to different assignments and tests.


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