Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
The second important aspect is to remain calm. Stressed studying is almost worse than no studying at all. Self-confidence and positivity are just as important as daily information rehearsal in studying. In my own life the most effective way to have minimal stress during finals week was perspective. Viewing myself as more than just a number or a grade in a course helped me to realize that it is more important that I try my hardest and enjoy learning than get a 4.0 GPA. As a good friend of mine once said, “This is just one test in one course that will probably not affect the rest of your life or career.” Positivity can be found in the little things and a practice I used often during studying this semester was grounding: the act of paying close attention to each of your five senses, which has the effect of reminding you that there is more to life than a grade on an exam.
Test anxiety is a major problem for many college students, but it can be overcome by diligent daily study and increasing self-confidence with perspective.
Nicole from Arizona
University of Arizona