Has this ever happened to you? You study and study for an upcoming test but when the day comes and you sit down for the exam – suddenly your mind goes blank. Sweats start to run through your palms even though you studied for the test.
If the signs of test anxiety start to show that means you won’t be able to give your best in the exam. So, your test score may not reflect what you could really get with your abilities.
What is Test Anxiety?
It is completely normal to feel nervous when you are facing an exam. However, some students often experience an inability to concentrate, going blank, racing heartbeat, unnecessary thoughts rushing through, nausea, headaches, and even panic attacks which could affect their test scores badly.
Tips to Overcome Test Anxiety
Test anxiety can be caused by fear of facing exams, fear of failure, bad experience taking tests, too much stress studying, and lack of prep time. If you do, don’t worry you are not alone – most students face test anxiety at some point.
Here are some tips to overcome test anxiety and the best possible score you could on a test.
01. Be Prepared
Stating the obvious but worth repeating – be prepared for the test. If you were prepared well enough you would feel confident about facing the test.
02. Study Plan
Having a good study plan can make all the difference in your grades. Create a study plan that you could stick to and feel comfortable with. This should also include your extracurricular activities and social activities so that you won’t miss out on anything.
03. Study Groups
Study groups have incredible benefits when it comes to studying. Form a study group with friends you are comfortable with. Discussing the course content and practice questions can become much easier when you study as a group. Using Study Groups to Get Better Grades [The Ultimate Guide]
Start revising study materials and your notes at least a couple of weeks before the exam. This will help you increase your confidence walking into the test.
05. Get enough Sleep
Pulling all-nighters every day can exhaust your body as well as your mind. Getting enough sleep (6-8 hours) for the day can be more beneficial for studying than pulling an all-nighter.
Now somedays you might need to pull an all-nighter – that’s completely fine. But take power naps on the days that you pull an all-nighter.
06. Choose your Fuel Wisely
Just as physical activities to study you need to fuel up well enough – choosing the best type of fuel or food could help you study better. Eat nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to take snacks while studying.
07. Drink Enough Water
Most students do well on snacking and eating nutritious meals. However, most of them do not drink enough water – this could stress you out more. Drink enough water for the day which could reduce your stress levels significantly.
08. Grab all the Necessities
Prepare and pack all the things you need for the test such as the calculator, papers, and pens a day before the test. This could take off the unnecessary stress from you on the day of the test.
09. Get to Class Early
Being late rushing to the class on the test day would only increase anxiety. So, make sure to be early on the day of the test.
10. Be Positive
Having a positive attitude can have a positive impact on the test day – you can do this by bringing a picture of your happy place, and listening to your favorite music in the morning before going into the class.
Once you get the test paper read the instructions given and make sure that you don’t any words. Otherwise, you might not understand how the marks are given, how much time you have to finish the test, etc.
12. Read the Questions Carefully
Stop guessing what you have to do in the question and misinterpret the question. Solving a math question but what you solved was not what question expected would kill your marks as well as your time. So, take the time to read the questions carefully, especially the small ones.
13. Just Start
After reading the question properly and having an idea about how to solve the question, just get on it and start solving the question. If needed read the question again to get the information you need.
14. Don’t give into the Distractions
Everyone else is writing like they already got the answer? Stop paying attention to what others do and take your time to read carefully and answer the questions at your own pace.
15. Watch the Clock
Pay close attention to the time you have left to answer the paper. It takes time to read and answer a question properly.
Having an idea about how much time you have left to answer the questions can take off unnecessary stress from yourself. So, recheck the time once in a while after the test starts.
16. Take a Quick Break
If the anxiety is getting amped up, take a quick break and drink some water if you could. Taking a couple of minutes to refocus won’t hurt your scores more than trying the paper in full-on anxiety mode.
Conclusion – Overcome Test Anxiety
Getting test anxiety is normal but it can hurt the scores on your tests – at least it won’t reflect your best score according to your abilities. The above tips to overcome test anxiety could help you get the best possible score on your tests.