Anxiety: Test Taking
By Toniann Seals
Many students are exceptional in class, but find themselves below average on tests (both in class and standardized). How can the student who is continuously participating, going to extra tutoring sessions and always asking questions failing tests? There is a chance they are suffering from test taking anxiety.
Symptoms of test anxiety
- Hot flashes
Effects of test anxiety
- Feelings of not being good enough
- Feeling as though you are a failure
- Negative thoughts
- Lack of self esteem
Overcoming test anxiety is something that can be handled with a professional, however there are ways you can help yourself in the meantime.
- Begin studying early so you feel more confident and less anxious
- Have open communication with your teacher so they understand what you are going through
- Get enough sleep the night before
- Meditation can help anxiety
- Create affirmations and positive thoughts where you picture yourself doing well
If you or someone you know is dealing with anxiety speak with one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists. Contact us at our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 respectively to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.