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Overcoming Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is crippling to a college student. You’ll be expected to take several exams each semester, and if you’re not doing well due to anxiety, your grades will suffer dramatically. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help deal with the situation.

Be prepared. The easiest way to reduce test anxiety is to use the energy you spend worrying on studying for the test. Thoroughly study the material that you’ll need to know in order to do well on the exam, and don’t be afraid to ask your professor for guidance when studying. Stay organized, and be sure you have everything you need to get ready.

Avoid students who are under-prepared. If you’ve carefully studied and done the work you need to do in order to do well on the test, be sure to avoid others who haven’t done the same. They may stress you out and make you feel as if you haven’t done enough to get ready. For this same reason, you should also avoid other students who have over-prepared, as they can make you feel like you haven’t done as much as they have.

Don’t cram. Staying up all night or waking up incredibly early to study will do you no favors when it’s time to actually take the test. Taking time to study in advance at a reasonable hour and pace will help you retain the information much better than cramming, and it will greatly reduce your stress and anxiety. If you’ve thoroughly learned the material ahead of time, don’t make yourself anxious by trying to do it all over again at the last minute.

Be confident. Know that you’re ready for the exam and do whatever you need to do in order to build your confidence. Some students like to use visualization in order to build confidence for testing success.

Taking a test doesn’t have to be an incredibly stressful situation. Take the time to prepare in a relaxed and effective way, and approach each exam knowing that you’re ready to do your best.

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