By Nicky S, Caroline G, Sophia W
Have you ever felt lots of anxiety before testing? The truth is, you're not alone. Many students experience pre-test anxiety. It's common to feel overwhelmed or worried before testing. Here are a few tips to manage test stress.
One tip to keep in mind before and during test is to stay positive. If you have a negative attitude going into a test, chances are it will affect your performance. "People who convince themselves that they're naturally terrible at math often end up doing worse than people of similar ability who believe that their math ability is something that can be changed," (Magoosh). Don't doubt your abilities and be confident in yourself.
Secondly, make sure you study and understand what your test is about, so you don't worry about the test as much during the day. Ask your teachers for a study guide and prepare for the test before hand.
Next, make sure you manage your time before and during the test. Make sure you get studying in before your test but still manage your time to do the rest of your homework. Also remember to keep track of the time while taking the test so you don't run out of time.
Another thing to remember is not to stay up all night studying or doing other activities. You need your rest before a test so your mind is well rested and you can get a good score. Don't be afraid to email a teachers asking for an extension to a due date on homework because you feel like you are staying up to late. Remember to make sure to take some time out of your busy schedule full of activities, homework, and studying for you. Relax during this time and do things you have been wanting to do for a while like playing outside or taking a bath.
Additionally, finding a comfortable place to take the test is also important and can help you feel more relaxed. Ask your teacher if you can sit in the back of the room or in the hallway if it makes you more comfortable.
Furthermore, remember to bring a water bottle to class and go to the bathroom before the test. Most teachers won't let you get up during the test and being thirsty or having to go to the bathroom can distract you from doing well.
Remember if you have extra time to go over the answers or ask the teacher any more remaining questions you had about the test. Also bring a book if you know you will finish early so you don't distract others.
If you have time left, and you're done checking your answers, it's always a good idea to try extra credit. Finishing a test knowing you completed the extra credit will leave you feeling confident.
We have all been there. You have a Spanish, French, and Math test and are going crazy not knowing what to do. Well, if you follow some of our tips it will make taking test a bit less stressful. We hope you use some tips! Happy studying!