Do you feel anxious every time you’re about to take a test? Well, that’s a little thing called text anxiety and you’d be surprised how many people have it.
Sure you’ve done well enough to be prepared but you can’t seem to shake that anxiety away. So what do you do? Read more below to find out.
What is test anxiety?
Test anxiety is when you have deep feelings of worry and are tense and uncomfortable before taking a test. You can be easily distracted when studying, you develop a mindset that you won’t be able to pass it or even feel physically ill.
How do you deal with it?
Here are some of the best ways you can get rid of test anxiety.
1. Have a positive mindset.
Everything starts with the mind. Before you feel headaches, stomach pains or are emotionally uncomfortable, cortisol levels in your brain are increasing and informing your body that you are stressed out. So the best thing you can do is to relax and think positive.
Set your mind into a good mental state. Tell yourself that you can study well and pass the test with flying colors. It’s always mind over matter anyway.
2. Make sure you’re physically ready.
It’s understandable that you may have to stay up late to study but think about the consequences of that to your body. You need to be well rested come exam day. Moreover, you should have a good meal before testing, just enough to perk you up and not make you feel sluggish.
3. Have good study habits.
Time management, study groups and good class attendance will help ease things up. If you know you study well, then you don’t need to worry too much. Keep in mind that you’ve done all your best to prepare for the test and your efforts will surely pay off.
By all means, relax before and during the test. Breathe slowly and tell yourself you can do it. Meditation practice can help center and focus you for a test. Remember, getting over anxiety is a process, so if you get jitters don’t let that effect your test-taking, just work on calming yourself and continue when you are ready.