Overcoming Test Anxiety


Most students encounter test anxiety one time or another. Some students feel it every time they take a test. Concern about tests that causes you to study is a good thing. Anxiety levels that cause you to panic or freeze up are not.

Many schools provide good advice to their students about test anxiety. This alone should tell you that it is a common phenomenon, that lots of students experience it, and that there are things you can do to reduce it or remove it from your life.

There is good advice about handling your anxiety at the sites below. Many give the same basic advice: learn to relax, learn to let go of your fear, learn to prepare, and be confident about yourself and your preparations. Browse the sites below, and see if the ideas on one or more of them reach out to you.

Test Anxiety resource - University of Illinois Counseling Center - Explains anxiety, gives steps to take to control it
Test Anxiety resource - State University of New York at Buffalo - Provides a list of ideas to avoid that can cause anxiety
Test Anxiety resource - Educational Testing Services (PDF file) - Examples of turning habits and ideas that lead to failure into ideas that build success
Test Anxiety Advice from How to Study.com - Offers a diagnostic quiz about anxiety and advice on dealing with it
Test Anxiety resource - Study Guides and Strategies - More things to do to avoid anxiety
Test Anxiety resource - Teens Health (applies to adults, too) - Another take on anxiety, discussed from a teen's point of view
Test Anxiety resource - University of Texas at Dallas - Strategies about anxiety, studying, and test taking.
Test Anxiety resource - Test Anxiety Tips.com - Lots of links about many aspects of test anxiety

Other useful web sites for studying:
Tech Web Encyclopedia
One Look - a great site for looking up any word
What Is...? - great for looking up technical terms
Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works - great articles on technology


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