How To Control Test Anxiety
Has it ever happened to you that you’ve studied hard for the examination, but when you’re writing it, you tend to forget everything you’ve learned?
You’re not the only one my friend, who faces this issue. Most of the students face a similar problem in their life.
According to the research, more than 50% of students face a similar issue in their life. All this happens because of test anxiety. Now the next question would be, “what is test anxiety?” and how can we reduce it?
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It is a type of performance anxiety that happens with many people- a feeling that causes stress to do better and get a good result. For instance, a person might have test anxiety before going for the examination or performing on the stage, where they fear that they’ll not do well.
For every anxiety, stress is a major reason for the happening. Test anxiety affects the body and mind like every other anxiety. You need to focus more on being stable mentally rather than getting nervous regarding the task.
Focusing on the bad result and the pressure to do the best makes the person go under pressure, which increases the fuel to the anxiety. Now we’ll brief you on the reason for the anxiety.
In our bodies, there’s a hormone called adrenaline which is released when a person is under pressure or going through a stressful situation, which causes the physical and the mental pressure in the human body.
In today’s era, mental health issues has become a bigger problem than the physical issues. After the lockdown, people tend to understand the value of mental health and are focusing on the issues. Here’re some some symptoms through which you can find out, if you’re facing the same issues as well or not:
Here’re some symptoms of anxiety which can affect your mental health:
- Fear of failure
- Negetive thought
- Blank mind
- Feeling of stress
- Here’re some symptoms of anxiety which can affect your physical health:
- Shortness of breath
- Panic attacks
- Rapid heart rate
- Feeling faint.
- Be prepared emotionally and intellectually: Be prepared to do your best. Prepare your brain for optimum performance by keeping your physical resources well maintained, getting a good night's rest before tests, eating well-balanced meals, avoiding fasting, and do not take stimulants you are not accustomed to, for example, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and keep up your regular exercise.
- Stay away from others right before the test: Anxiety is highly contagious. It is best to focus on what you know rather than on what you don’t know .reinforce your strength and confine your weakness’ .for this reason, it is always best not to study the new material right before the test.
- Arrive in the test room early, give yourself sufficient time to select the seat, and calm down before the test. Remember to bring an ID card and more than one HB pencil, and be well dressed
- Don’t expect to know everything- It is highly unlike that any student will answer all questions correctly. Remember that 75% on a test, which is evidence of a good grasp Of the subject matter, means that 25% of the question were answered incorrectly, so don’t panic if you see a question you did not anticipate or prepare for. Use everything you know about the content of the course and your reasoning ability to analyze the question and identify a logical answer.
- Ask for help- It is not necessary to take all the burden on your shoulders, or to be the mature one all the time. It’s ok to ask for help and share your problems with someone. You family, friends or any other person whether your mentor, therapist or anyone with whom you’re comfortable with. You can consult with anyone.
- Follow a routine- Routine gives you a sense of stability which directly boosts your confidence. With routine, you can take a hold of preparations and analyze your goals and achievements easily. You can also break your long term goal into a few short terms. So as to make it more approachable.
- Focus on strengths and weaknesses- Make sure you analyze your strengths and weaknesses. After that, overcome your weaknesses, you can then achieve anything you want. Keep testing yourself once in a while, it keeps you in track and releases your stress as well.
- Meditate- Meditation is the biggest key to reduce your stress and anxiety. Whether it’s a test anxiety or anyother one. You can reduce your overall stress with meditation and calm yourself down in a bit.
There’re so many students who go through this problem. Don’t think that you’re the only one. You just need to overcome it with time and heal yourself bit by bit. It’s ok if you take time and it’s ok if you fail, what is not ok is to give up on your goal.
Remember one thing, never give up on yourself and your goals. With the right mindset, you can easily overcome your test anxiety and can be bold and confident just as you want yourself to be.
Q1. Who’s most likely to have test anxiety?
Ans. People who tends to be perfectionist and the one who wants to ace everything they do are the one’s who most likely to suffer with the test anxiety.
Q2. How to overcome exam fear?
Ans. Here we’ve listed several causes of test anxiety with the overcomings of them. It will help you to overcome your test anxiety. It’s not a one night game, so give yourself some time and work on yourself.
Q3. How to calm your anxiety during a test?
Ans. The most simple way to calm yourself down is to take a deep breath and focus on the goal.