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Reducing Test Anxiety & Preparing for TestsAs I walked toward the classroom, my knees began to get weak, my stomach tightened andturned, my mouth was dry and my hands were clammy. I could feel my heart beating faster andfaster. It was test day. I was being brought to my knees by an overwhelming case of test anxiety. Suddenly, every bit of information flew from my mind; not to return until I walked from the roomafter the exam was over.Test anxiety.We've all felt it at one time or another. A little anxiety can be good. It heightensyour awareness, gets you revved up and helps you deliver your best performance. But too muchanxiety can be crippling. If test anxiety is bringing you and your grades down, you probably willwant to read on to see what you can do to lower your anxiety. There are some things that willhelp!The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.--Juma Ikangaa, marathonerThe Best way to beat test anxiety is so simple that many students forget about it:Be Prepared...Almost everything in life is easier if you are prepared for it. Students who feel prepared for a testalso feel more confident and are more likely to be successful. In the world of college, beingprepared means that you have studied effectively, learned the material, and have a few tricks fordealing with anxiety when it does hit. So, here's how to make sure that you are prepared.Start Early...If you wait too long to begin preparing for a test you will succeed at increasing your anxiety.YRead your syllabus and hold onto it for the rest of the quarter. Your syllabus will usuallytell you when tests are, when projects are due, what information will be covered on a test,and may provide additional information that can be very helpful to you.
YSeek out additional help if you know you are having difficulty with a class. Don't wait too long. Talk to your instructor. Talk to classmates. Form a study group. Do something! Tutors are available (and free) at the campus library. Also, try the library computer labs.They’re free too.They're free too...YDon't wait until the night before a test to start studying. To prepare well for a test and avoidlots of unnecessary anxiety, most students-the good ones anyway-suggest you start studying4 or 5 days before the test. This gives you plenty of time to make sure you understand thematerial thoroughly, ask questions and get some help if needed.Stay Current...YIf you fall behind in your studying you will succeed at increasing your anxiety.YRead your textbook before you go to class. This will help you understand the material betterand reinforce ideas and concepts so they will be easier to remember when it comes to testtime. If you find it hard to remember what you have read, get the Reading Textbooks atthe campus library.