It’s time to tackle test anxiety!

If you feel sick, anxious and panicked when there are exams coming up, don’t worry! Here are some tips to help relax and get better results!

For many people, writing a test or completing any kind of assessment can be really stressful.  For some people it becomes overwhelming and even causes poor performance. When you experience this type of test anxiety it can have an impact on physical, emotional, behavioural and cognitive aspects of life. Fortunately there are ways to reduce the strength of test anxiety:

  • Start preparing well in advance of the test   –  cramming increases stress.
  • Try study sessions of about 1 hour with 10 min. breaks in between.  Stand and stretch every 20 minutes in the study session.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before a test
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid increasing use of caffeine.  For the most energy and best brain function, eat some protein and carbohydrates every 3 – 4 hours.
  • Exercise regularly.  Move your body at each study break to raise energy levels.
  • Have confidence in yourself and avoid negative thoughts – use POSITIVE self talk.
  • On your way to the test, remind yourself that you have learned a lot, rather than focusing on items that you don’t know.
  • Know the location, time, what to expect on the test
  • Practice deep breathing from your diaphragm at a slower pace

Way back in February we posted some facts about Cramming, and why it doesn’t work! Here it is once again as a refresher…

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the link for this info graphic is http://dailyinfographic.com/cramming-for-your-exam-infographic

It is important to understand that you are not alone in feeling this way, it happens to many people. Using these strategies will help you feel more prepared in your ability to do well on a test.

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