Some degree of test anxiety is normal, even when you have studied and know the material well. A manageable amount of anxiety surrounding tests can be very helpful because it can motivate you to study and help you do your best. However, when anxiety is severe it can be detrimental and make taking tests, and even studying for them, difficult.
The following tips will help you manage your anxiety surrounding tests:
Foster excellent study skills
The best way to overcome test anxiety is by knowing the material inside and out. Studying will allow you to approach tests with the confidence of someone who is prepared for any curveball.
Preparation is the key
When you know what will be on the test and are confident that you know the answers, you have little need to be anxious. Prepare for your tests by coming up will all possible questions, and review the answers to them frequently.
Cramming is not effective
When you spend the hours preceding a test in frantic study you only increase your anxiety. Cramming is not an effective way to learn the material. Study a little bit each day so that you learn the material as you go.
Getting enough exercise gives you more energy, helps you think more clearly, and is an excellent stress reliever.
Get a proper amount of rest
A good night’s sleep before your test will allow you to do your best. Not sleeping enough can lead to poor health, fatigue, and an increase in anxiety.
You need proper nutrition for your brain to function at its best. Taking care of your body will allow you to think more clearly, and not being distracted by hunger will allow you to fully concentrate on the test.
When you think the worst, the worst is likely to happen. Visualize success. Concentrate on positive thoughts and your anxiety will subside.
It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them
A test is a learning experience. If you didn’t do as well as you wanted to focus on what you can improve for next time. Concentrating on a poor performance will not help you in the future, focusing on what you can do better will.
Take a few minutes before the test to do some deep breathing exercises and focus on positive, calming thoughts. This helps to relax your mind, and your body.