Did you know that many students struggle with test anxiety on a regular basis? It’s true! Test anxiety is defined as “a combination of physiological over-arousal, tension and somatic symptoms, along with worry, dread, fear of failure, and catastrophizing, that occur before or during test situations.” In this post, I am going to teach you a few main causes of test anxiety, what it can lead to, and how to avoid and overcome it in the future!
Common causes of test anxiety:
As I mentioned above, test anxiety can be a common problem among students. A few of the main causes include having poor study habits, poor time management, and poor organization. Without these skills, many students are unprepared and cannot focus on the exam. Instead, they are thinking about the last exam they took and how to did on that test. Another cause of test anxiety is worrying about how others are doing on the test. If this is something you do, I want you to try to block this out! You don’t need to worry about anyone else’s test except your own. Last but not least, don’t think about whether or not you are doing well on the test. This will only cause you to worry and stress more. Life will go on whether you did well on this test or not!
Test anxiety can lead to:
Test anxiety can lead to a variety of unhealthy things. One of the most common symptoms is a panic attack. A panic attack is defined as “the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or like they are having a heart attack.” This can be very distracting and may cause the student to lose complete concentration during the exam. Test anxiety can also lead to feelings of anger, fear, helplessness, and disappointment.
How to avoid test anxiety:
Thankfully, there are ways that you can avoid test anxiety in the future! These include being prepared for the exam by studying ahead instead of cramming. This will give you plenty of time to study so that you can get a good night’s sleep before the exam. It will also help you walk into the test feeling confident that you will do well because you know you have prepared effectively!
How to overcome test anxiety:
If you are in the middle of a test and you feel test anxiety coming on, I want to encourage you to stop, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Focus only on your test and not on how others are doing. Remember, you have studied and you are prepared. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a little pep talk!
I hope that this post has helped you learn how to avoid and overcome test anxiety for your next exam! Keep your head up, my friend! You can do this!
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