Test Anxiety

Cup of Coffee? Yes or No.
College Freshman
University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il

This passage about Test Anxiety gave some basic tips about if I am anxious, then don't not drink caffine. Map out your anxiety cycle. Talk to people about your stress.

Test Anxiety
Kelcy Brunner
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

This article sums up quickly what you need to understand about anxiety: it's perfectly normal. The mental cycle you put yourself in when you are stressed about an exam, studying for the exam, or taking the exam has to be overcome - and quickly! Sometimes in tests there isn't time to write out your emotions or the mental cycle, but if you have done it before the test, remembering back to what your wrote out does help.

Keeping Calm
Amy Lake, College Junior
Chemeketa Community college, Yamhill Valley Campus

Keeping calm is probably the best advice for test anxiety. When I am stressed, my mind tends to go blank, my palms get sweaty and my head hurts. Calming down with deep breaths before a test does help. Being prepared is also helpful. These ten pointers in this article are very helpful and I will definitely use most of them to help me with my test anxiety.

How it helped
Jennifer Foreman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

I liked how the site was not so long. Being able to read about test anxiety and how I feel and understanding what I can do to help myself. When taking tests I try and self talk and make myself not worry about the test. Also studying is hard. I tend to use too much time to study with and end up freaking out. Having steps to guide me really helps when taking a test. i tell myself that I should not worry I will do fine and take all emotion out of my mind and focus. that tends to work for me.

Test Anxiety-University of Oregon
Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL

I liked this article because it explains some of the reasoning behind anxiety. It explains what it is and what causes it in a way that is easy to understand. I also liked that it gave some tips on how to reduce anxiety.Now I know not to have caffeine before a test!

Why Me...
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center posted an article called Test Anxiety which states that most students experience some type of testing anxiety throughout their college career. Anxiety manifests itself through four different, but related, components. Cognitive facetsrepresent as thoughts running through your mind. Emotional pieces include feelings that can be associated with anxiety. Behavioral challengesare linked body movements. Lastly, physiological changes may occur. There is a looming misconception about getting rid of stress. Take a deep breath and embrace stress by shifting the focus so that you are in control.

Research indicates there are ways to manage stress. This can be accomplished through some simple tips. Refrain caffeine usage, map anxiety cycles, talk with others, breathe, and understand there are professional resources available.

This is an article I relate to because I struggle with test anxiety myself. The article is small, but packed with an abundance of information. It is reassuring to see that most college students struggle with some form of test anxiety and that it can be managed by refocusing your position, so that you are in control of it. I enjoyed learning that stress can be managed through professional help if all other paths fail. I am not sure if this is the route I need to take, but reassuring to realize there are many options available.


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