The Wellness Center is ready to help you overcome test anxiety. Contact the Wellness Center 447-5441 to schedule an appointment or stop on by.
Kevin Hadduck (447-4504) with the Acedemic Resource Center (ARC) also has great tips and can work with your professors to take the test in the ARC in a private room.
What we know works... for Test Anxiety
- Use the power of taste and smell to enhance memory. Chew cinnamon gum or suck on cinnamon candy while studying. During the test, have the same flavor in your mouth.
Reading Made Simple
Students can waste much time reading assignments without learning the material they are reading. An efficient reading/study system will encourage learning while reading and will include a way to reduce the amount of material to be later reviewed so that rereading material will not be necessary. Although you may find that in the beginning the method described below will take you longer the first time through a chapter, you will find that you will ultimately both save time and learn the material.
Cramming With Style
First, summon up your arrogance. There is no reason you should take an "F" because you haven't studied, and if the instructor knew that you intended to do nothing and hope for the best, he/she would say that you deserve to fail. A good student makes the best of every situation.
Lesson number one: There are right ways and wrong ways to cram. The wrong (and most popular) way is to attempt to get it all down in three or four (or fewer) mega-sessions, just before an exam. The results are best illustrated by an analogy: if you skipped breakfast for 21 mornings, and then attempted to eat 21 breakfasts in one sitting, what would happen to your stomach? How much nourishment would your body receive? Cramming three weeks' worth of notes and book studying into a few sessions will result in your actually retaining only a portion of what you try to learn.
Discuss a recent exam
A. What kind of test are you describing?
2. Type of test:
3. The grade you earned on the last test in this class:
B. Which of the following factors helped or hindered your performance?
1. Was the answer for each question in your notes?
2. Was the answer completely accurate in your notes?
3. Did you feel you knew the answer but your mind went blank?
4. Did you get easy questions wrong?
5. Did your answer show that you had the general idea without being precise enough?
6. Did you try to memorize information without understanding it?
Beyond the realm of the test itself:
C. Did you have sufficient study time? How many days in advance did you begin preparing for this exam? Discuss your study prep time for this exam:
D. What study process did you use? Describe how you set about learning the material:
E. Did you use a good study area? Describe the area: