This week we tackled test anxiety in Middle Grades Advisement. Ms. Sotolongo also shared the lesson with the 4th and 5th grade students.
- Physical symptoms: headache, stomachache, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and feeling faint;
- Emotional symptoms: feelings of fear, helplessness, anger/irritability; and
- Other symptoms: difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively, comparing yourself to others.
There are several things students can do to prevent and mange test anxiety.
Before the test:
- Be prepared; don’t cram; make a study schedule and avoid time-drains (TV, video games, etc).
- Practice calm breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Get a good night’s sleep, at least 9-10 hours.
The day of the test:
- Recognize you’re feeling anxious.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast – nothing too sugary that causes an energy crash later.
- Get to class a little early (feeling rushed makes you anxious).
- Think positive thoughts – “I know this stuff.”, “I can do this.”, “I’ve studied for this.”, “I don’t have to get every question right.”
- Don’t pay attention to what others are doing in the testing room.
- Use calm breathing.
We hope you’ll discuss these strategies with your student so they’ll have a stress-free or almost stress-free exam period.
Have a great weekend!