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Better test results! A calmer, happier you! © Karen Conerly 2013
What is Test Anxiety? A set of physical and mental conditions that may lead you to the inability to focus, concentrate, or even keeping you from being able to take an important exam or test Physically, it resembles other anxiety: heart racing, perspiration, nausea, rapid breathing Mentally, it causes distraction, reduces ability to remember, and can cause a flood of negative thoughts (I can’t do this!)` © Karen Conerly 2013
Your Brain on Stress!! Be aware: your adrenal gland has just released chemical cortisol weapons of brain and immune system destruction! Cortisol interferes with brain function making it: 1. difficult to retrieve memories 2. hard to create new memories Causes major impairment of learning and test taking! © Karen Conerly 2013
Test Anxiety From Mild to Severe © Karen Conerly 2013
What Causes Test Anxiety? Can be result of procrastination Often lack of adequate preparation May be negative previous test experiences Other possible causes? © Karen Conerly 2013
Overcoming Test Anxiety Being prepared The day of the test During the test After the test © Karen Conerly 2013
Being Prepared Study, not just read textbook Take notes of key points Transcribe notes as outlined Take advantage of brief study moments Study with a buddy or study group Do NOT cram the night before test Get a good night’s sleep © Karen Conerly 2013
The Day of the Test Wake early enough to be unhurried Review your notes Raise your confidence – you know all y0u need to know right now! Use deep breathing exercises and affirmations right before the test © Karen Conerly 2013
During the Test Never leave an answer blank If there are multiple choice and essay or short answer questions, start with the essay/short answer questions first. Multiple choice usually have 4 answers. Two are detractors, one is good, one is BEST! Read the question and think of your answer Skip if you really don’t know the answer, but leave a blank on the Scantron form Build confidence by answering known ones © Karen Conerly 2013
After Completing the Test Review all your answers Essay and short answers Multiple Choice answers Your test booklet or Scantron Don’t read anything new into the questions Never rush to turn in your test and skip review! © Karen Conerly 2013
Letting Go of the Results! © Karen Conerly 2013 You Have Done Your Best!!! Now Let Go and Relax!
Activity! Breathing and Guided Relaxation Exercise Relieve tension Get more oxygen to your brain Use before and after tests Use whenever anxiety creeps up on you Enjoy life more and be a better student as a result! © Karen Conerly 2013
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