For many kids and teens, the thought of a test or exam can cause feelings of panic and anxiety. They might also notice physical symptoms such as an upset stomach or muscle tension. Some will experience sweating. These are common symptoms of anxiety.
This anxiety can interfere with the student’s ability to succeed, even if they studied the material and have completed all the work and assignments.
According to Kids Health, here are 4 strategies to overcome test stress and anxiety which you can use before, during, and after a test.
Start studying as soon as you know that there is going to be a test. This can help you break down the material into smaller sections and give you enough time to review the material and ask your teacher or tutor any questions about the material. You can also schedule in time every day to study.
Try relaxation exercises such as deep breathing or mindfulness to help you calm down and focus on the material.
Encourage yourself and use positive reinforcement. You can say the following: “I can do this.” “I am doing the best that I can.” “I can learn from any mistake.”
People have different learning styles. Some are visual learners who prefer to read the material and take notes or draw a picture. Some students are auditory learners and may benefit from reading the material out loud or studying with a fried. Others are kinesthetic learners and might want to act out the material or do a physical activity while reviewing the material. It is important to explore what works best for you. You can discuss it with your teacher or tutor. It might also be helpful to combine different strategies.
Sometimes the anxiety can be paralyzing and interfere with your ability to take a test. Please know that you are not alone. You can talk to a parent, guardian, teacher, tutor, school counsellor, or therapist to help with the test anxiety.
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