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Test Anxiety and How to Manage Anxious Feelings

Resources for dealing with anxiety in academic settings.

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is a combination of physiological over-arousal, tension and somatic symptoms, along with worry, dread, fear of failure, and catastrophizing, that occur before or during test situations.

Around 20% of all students report some degree of test anxiety.  Highly test anxious people tend to score 12 percentile points below their peers. If you are too nervous to accurately show what you know, it negatively affects your grades which can have a negative impact on your future. Often we  can overcome these anxieties with a little practice and knowledge. Hopefully this guide can help you stay focussed and enable you to more easily share what you know.

The boxes below have many useful videos with ideas about how to study and how to reduce anxiety before exams.

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DROP acronym about test anxiety and reduction of anxiety

But here's something important

find the reason or the origin of

what is causing the anxiety that makes you nauseous,

and the negative voices that keep talking cuz you gotta

solve it by startin' to do some

positive self talk, it'll make you pull up your sock

its probably, possibly the best skill ya got

It motivates a lot, gonna make you hail up on top

Success is gonna be your one and only outcome, failures not

D for dance R for relax and O

stands for origin

P for positive self talk

This Acronym you got D.R.O.P., drop

gonna ensure, that your test anxiety gets dropped!


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