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Taking the Anxiety Out of Tests

Taking the Anxiety Out of Tests

For some students, test-taking can be a painful ordeal. They may become overly anxious or fearful before and during an exam, which may actually affect their grades. Preparation will be key -- both in knowing the material and in preparing physically and mentally.

The following tips may help your children relax and be able to concentrate on the learning material instead of the pressure of the test.
  • Make sure your children know what is expected of them before the exam.
  • Children should keep up with the material, instead of trying to learn it all the night before the test.
  • Have your children make flashcards, outlines and/ or summary pages for key study points.
  • Make sure your children are taking good notes during class.
  • Tell your children to think positively. Don't let them compare themselves to other students or think negatively about themselves. These thinking patterns will only feed the anxiety.
  • Reward your children after a good study session.
  • Teach your children basic relaxation techniques for when they feel stressed (i.e. deep breathing, visualization).
  • Your children will need a good night's sleep before the test, as well as a nutritional breakfast the morning of the test.
  • See if your children can put the test material into their own words to see if they fully understand it or if they are simply reciting the text book.
  • Encourage your children to remember their relaxation techniques if they begin to feel stressed during the test, and to focus on the test itself, not their anxiety.

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