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Controlling Test AnxietyThere are steps you should take if you find that stress is getting in your way:Be prepared- A primary cause of test anxiety is not knowing the material. If you takegood class and reading notes and review them regularly, this stressor should be greatlyreduced if not eliminated. Practice staying calm, relaxed and confident. If you findyourself feeling overly anxious, stop and start again.Avoid negative thoughts-Your own negative thoughts—"I'll never pass this exammay move you into a spiraling stress cycle that in itself causes enough anxiety to blockyour best efforts. Allow yourself to daydream a little; visualize yourself in pleasantsurroundings with good friends. Don't go back to work until you feel the tension release.Visualize success-Picture what it will feel like to get that A. Translate that vision intospecific, reasonable goals and work toward each individual goal.It's all about you- Don't waste your time comparing yourself to other students in the class,especially during the exam. Keep focused on your own work and your own plan. Examsare not a race, so it doesn't matter who turns in their paper first.Have a plan and follow it-As soon as you know that an exam is coming, you candevelop a plan for studying.

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