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Test Anxiety

Feel More Prepared

Many students struggle with test anxiety and aren’t sure how to handle it. The Advising and Academic Support Center offers a test anxiety workshop, where students will learn psychological and physiological causes of test anxiety, study tips, and test preparation. This workshops aims to reduce anxiety by helping students feel more prepared, and also learn different relaxation techniques to help prevent and handle test anxiety.


Test Anxiety Workshop Summary

Have you ever experienced test anxiety?
  • Possible symptoms
    • Forgetting everything during the test
    • Feelings of panic: racing thoughts, fast heartbeat, sweat palms, etc.
    • Stress and worry during studying
  • Possible causes
    • Under prepared, negative self-talk, heard it was a terrible test
How to tackle test anxiety
  • Prevention
    • Study skills: study at the same time of day, in short, frequent sessions, take breaks and make personal connections to the content to retain more information
    • Test preparation: Organize a peer study group and implement a 7-day study plan (don’t cram!)
    • Use affirmations, positive self-talk, and visualize success
    • Take care of yourself: exercise, eat healthy, sleep, and cut caffeine
  • Relax!
    • Try a few different relaxation techniques and make it a habit
  • Test Day
    • Get to your location a few minutes early and get a good seat
    • Utilize a relaxation/breathing technique
    • Answer easy questions first and stay calm if others finish before you
    • If you feel yourself becoming anxious, flip over your test and take a few deep breaths
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"Would recommend her to any of my friends"

"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

Toree Denmark