Many of us may have experienced having test anxiety. One type of test anxiety stems from a student having less than effective time management and study skills.
Anxiety can usually be overcome through a student developing better skills that will improve their test taking abilities. Students with test anxiety will experience rushes of adrenaline before and throughout their test. Adrenaline blocks the brain from thinking and triggers a flight/fight response.
What can you do to control adrenaline blocks?
- Physical activity can help burn off adrenaline
Build in time to do a physical activity for at least 10 minutes before your exam. This physical activity can help the body process that chemical release of adrenaline you might be experiencing.
- Start by answering only the questions you feel confident about
Your brain will recover from the adrenaline shot and you will be able to tackle the more complicated questions. You will also create confidence and a positive momentum for moving through the rest of the exam.
- Prepare your body for battle
Get a good night sleep and eat a proper meal. You’re asking your body and your brain to be in peak performance, you control the most important elements for making this happen.
- Avoid caffeine and sugar
Since these substances will naturally raise your state of alertness, which will look/feel like anxiety the day of a test.
Preparing for the Exam
Strategies for managing your test anxiety
Practicing the following strategies and techniques over a period of time will make it easier to achieve a state of relaxation.
To get more information on how to recognize your triggers or more on test anxiety visit here. You can also reach out the the UNC counselors who are here to help you take the first step to manage your anxiety. You can contact them at 970-351-2496 or visit their website.
You can also contact the Psychological Services Clinic which is located in McKee Hall, Room 247. There number is 970-351-1645 or visit their website.