Practice What You Have Learned
Apply what you have learned about managing test anxiety by responding to the following scenario(1):
As Brian begins his final exam in English, he thinks, "I have to do well on this test to keep my B average." As he scans the first essay question on Rappaccinis Daughter, he realizes that he only vaguely remembers reading it. All that Brian can remember is that it is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He begins to think: "Theres no way I can answer this question and its worth 25 points! Ill flunk the test if I cant answer this question! Brian feels himself starting to panic; his mind goes blank; he cant focus or recall anything hes studied.
1. What caused Brians anxiety?
2. T F Brians thoughts are self-defeating.
3. Choose two test anxiety management techniques that you would advise Brian to use in this situation.
|Challenge self-defeating thoughts||Imagery and visualization|
|Recognize your control||Avoid stress triggers|
|Deep breathing||Review techniques|
4. How would Brian use these techniques?
For additional information or assistance with test anxiety, contact the Academic Resource Center or Counseling Center.
(1) Adapted from Self-Management for College Students: The ABC approach
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- Academic Success Model
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- Individual Instruction
- Online Resources
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- Study Smart Starter Kit
- Supplemental Instruction
- Test Anxiety Management