“Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Remember you are strong. You got this. Take it day by day” Karen Salmansohn once said of the world. Vicki Van Hise, the campus coordinator for disability services, spoke on test anxiety and how to lower it.
Vicki spoke that some of the best ways to calm racing thoughts, sweaty palms, and increased heartbeat is to focus on your breathing. By calming yourself, you can adequately prepare yourself for the tests and challenges that present themselves. Anger, disappointment and other contributing factors such as poor test history contribute to the pressure of test taking.
There are plenty of techniques that can help you in the wake of a big exam. Vicki said it is important to “Force your mind to recall information”, and to not to merely just read over study material. It is advised to talk to your teachers before tests, to outline and form notes and flashcards, and to use book resources to quiz yourself along the way. With enough preparation, you can replicate the exam atmosphere and be prepare and attentive to the structure of your exam.