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Reducing Your Test Anxiety Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

As you knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. Here’s a sneak peek of some things you’ll learn at the U of I CCP’s workshop “Don’t Stress! Ace the Test! Dealing with Test Anxiety” this Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm!

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2. Recognizing something doesn’t mean you actually know it.

Avoid “cramming” - Never “group cram” right before a test. The cramming has left a lingering glow of activity in our sensory and memory systems, a glow that allows our brain to swiftly tag our study notes as "something that I've seen before". But being able to recognize something isn't the same as being able to recall it.

4. Confronting your anxiety will help more than trying to push it aside.

It’s important to recognize and accept, not deny and suppress, whatever difficult emotion or depressed state we’re encountering when dealing with past experience related to test anxiety.

7. Work some self-soothing techniques into your time budgeting.

Take a deep breath and count from 1 to 6. When anxiety surfaces, don’t panic. Practice your deep breathing or other techniques that work for you.

9. Plan accordingly.

Budget your time. Arrive early for the test. This will allow you plenty of extra time to allow for delays in your commute (e.g., slow traffic, bad weather, car trouble, etc.) or, at a minimum, cause unnecessary stress that could have a negative impact on your performance.

10. SLEEP!!!

Try to get a really good night’s rest at least 2 nights before your exam. Sleep is an active process where the brain works to heal the body by producing hormones beneficial for repair and growth. This is also the time for the brain to consolidate memories of what we studied and learned that day. If students develop a consistent routine for studying and sleep, it will likely mean higher grades and more time for other school activities.

Don't get discouraged!

Remember that overcoming test anxiety takes time and practice. Reward yourself for even small victories, and keep practicing!

To get more tips and strategies on how to manage your test anxiety effectively, join our fun and interactive workshop on December 6th at 7 pm to Illini Union Room 406. We can't wait to see y'all there!!!

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