Monday, October 9, 2006
As midterm exams come around, you may be hearing from students who struggle with moderate or severe test anxiety. One of the key antidotes to test anxiety is, of course, thorough preparation; so students must begin to reduce the power of fear by confronting it with semester-long preparation.
Some students, however, prepare very well and still find themselves hamstrung by panic during their exams. Those students need to do more than study well; they need some strategies for reducing that panic, and they need to start putting many of those strategies into effect long before exams begin. Below is a link that contains some techniques your students can begin to employ now – as well as some they can use during their exams – to control the fear that can sometimes debilitate even the most prepared student. (dbw)