Those of you who know me well know that I have Test Anxiety. If you know someone, be it a child or an adult who suffers from test anxiety, please hear me when I say “The Struggle Is Real."
If you are a parent and you have a child who complains or gets stressed out over test taking, please pay attention to the call for help. They can study until the cows come home for a test but as soon as the test is presented to them, they blank out. Not ok!
Hear me when I say, it is totally common for anyone to experience some degree of stress and anxiety before a test, but if your stress and anxiety is excessive to the point where it impairs your learning and hurts your test performance you could be suffering from test anxiety and you must find a way to manage it.
The by-product of test anxiety is that it interferes with the thinking process. The physical symptoms that someone (like me) experience during tests are muscle tension, nausea, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, feeling faint or dizzy, and clammy hands. Here are a few tips that help:
- Learn what study technique is best for you and make a routine of it.
- Learn relaxation techniques that can help you stay calm before and during a test like deep breathing and muscle relaxation.
- Have a good meal before hand (but not a big meal).
- Get plenty of sleep (sleep is directly related to academic performance).
- Ask to be seated close to a wall or a corner so that others do not distract you.
Implementing these tips made a tremendous impact on my confidence. I hope this helps you as well.
Good luck on your next test!