School Related Things:
all, understand that having some test anxiety is normal. Iíve been a student
and now Iíve been a teacher to thousands of studentsÖ
Everyone experiences some degree of nerves over exams. You
are not alone. The morning of a big math test, believe me,
itís Stomach Cramp City!
Being a little nervous for a test
is actually a good thing. Studies show that youíll perform
better if youíre a bit nervous because all your senses will
be heightened. But, too many nerves can hinder your
Tips to reduce test
- Do enough studying and donít
cram at the last minute.
- Donít study or discuss the
material with other students right before the test.
Often times another student will say something to
confuse you and this will really make the tummy
squirrels kick in. If you have formulas to memorize,
just look through some flash cards right before test
time. This will help you get focused and will calm you
down. Unless you donít know the stuff yet Ė then,
youíve blown the first rule and, honestly, thereís not
- Donít be late for the test.
Be sure to get their a bit early so you can take some
time in your seat to do some deep breathing and calm
down before the test gets passed out.
- If you feel the nerves coming
on, close your eyes (unless youíre driving) and
visualize yourself taking the testÖ youíre nice and
calm and doing well.
Check out my section on
techniques for more in-depth info.