Anxiety affects people of all ages. Students from elementary school to college are feeling the stress and pressure of competing for scholarships and getting top marks.
Exams are probably one of the biggest sources of stress for students. Failure can lead to being held back a grade, receiving a poor grade in a class, or simply disappointing a parent or other relative.
Some people find that anxiety helps them to perform better on tests: they feel alert, they prepare well, and they are careful about making errors. Others, unfortunately, find their anxiety to be crippling. A well-prepared student who does well on other assignments may find him or her self panicked and frozen when faced with a big exam. Timed exams can be especially stressful, causing students to struggle to concentrate on the material instead of the clock. These timed exams can also make students so nervous that they temporarily forget what they have learned and studied.
Test anxiety can be very distressing to anyone, so learning to deal with it is important. Using strategies like deep breathing, meditation and even regular exercise can help you to manage your anxiety.
An article on test anxiety describes an interesting new product in the UK that is supposed to help lower anxiety. “B-CALM,” a spray made with vitamins, is designed to “provide a quick burst of B vitamins and herbs to induce relaxation and calm.”
To find out more about how to relax during a test, visit the link to the article below.