Academic Success Tip - Tackle Test Anxiety
Posted November 2nd, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Tackle any test anxiety that you have now. There are a number of strategies for test anxiety. The sooner you implement them, the better.
- The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam. Study to understand and not just to remember.
- The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam. For example: read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
- Do as many practice questions as possible. You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
- Begin doing relaxation exercises now. For simple relaxation techniques, visit https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.
- Try the progressive relaxation exercise at http://hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx. This exercise will direct you to systematically relax your major muscle groups. The recording is approximately 9 minutes long.
- Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams. You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
- If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques. 852-6585