If you’re in school right now it’s likely that exams are quickly approaching. Even though they may seem far away, the weeks tend to go by quickly this time of year. Don’t fear though, The Hub is here to help! We understand that anxiety is often a large part of our everyday lives, and testing may elevate the severity of it. So we have done some research and below we have listed four ways that we hope will help you overcome your test anxiety!
- Stay Hydrated and Well Nourished
A vehicle that runs on diesel runs differently than a vehicle that runs on gasoline which also runs differently than an electric vehicle or a vehicle that runs on E-85. Your brain runs similarly, it uses the fuel that your body creates to function. So it should make sense that the better the fuel you put in, the better your brain functions. Drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits and grains can keep your body and mind healthy. On the day of your test, try to stray away from things with high sugar or caffeine, they are proven to increase anxiety.
It is also suggested to get plenty of sleep before taking any type of exam as sleep correlates directly with academic success. Another pro tip, move your body! Whether you go for a jog or walk, lift weights, or do some yoga, moving your body releases tension which will help immensely with anxiety (Sawchuk, C.N. 2017).
- Study Early
Procrastination is a huge motivator to anxiety. Waiting to study until the day of a test, or not studying at all is bound to make you anxious, so try to study throughout the week. Even if it is just a half hour at a time, you are likely to feel more prepared come test day than if you were to jam everything in to one morning or afternoon. If possible, try studying in the same place you will be taking the test as well. This has been proven to help you recall information when you are actually taking the test (Sawchuk, C.N. 2017).
- Practice Relaxation Techniques
There are multiple relaxation techniques out there, so try a few out and see if any of them work for you. Deep breathing, imagining a positive outcome, relaxing your muscles one at a time, yoga and repetitive prayer are just a few examples that you can try to ease your anxiety before taking a test.
- Read Carefully
When you’re sitting down and ready to begin your exam or test, take the time to read through everything, and try your best to understand what is being asked of you in the directions. It may seem like a hassle at first, but when you know what is coming you may find that it eases your stress and anxiety.
Testing can be stressful, but hopefully some of these tips can help alleviate some of the anxiety you may feel towards it. Of course there are many other ways to do this, so let us know, what do you do to overcome your testing anxiety?
Sawchuk, C.N. (Aug. 3, 2017). Test anxiety: Can it be treated? Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/expert-answers/test-anxiety/faq-20058195