Is it a Case of Test Anxiety?

You've completed all your work for this semester, taken notes, studied until late at night, and arrived early to school for your final, so what's up with the sweaty hands, rapid heartbeat, and that "I'm going to puke!" feeling in the pit of your stomach? Sounds like you have a case of "TEST ANXIETY!"

It's not unusual to feel a little nervous before a test especially a final exam. After all, this is where what you have learned throughout the semester is judged by how well you answer the questions presented. But if that little butterfly feeling in your belly causes you to freeze before you enter the room, maybe these tips will help.

  • Get a good night sleep before the test. That means no staying up to midnight to cram for the exam. Rest your body and your brain.

  • Eat a good breakfast. Try to stay away from the sugar cereal, chocolate croissants, muffins, or the pancakes with syrup. Loading yourself with sugar or a lot of carbohydrates will not feed your brain. They may invigorate your for a few minutes or even an hour, but sooner or later they will make you feel sluggish and tired. Try eating a protein food like eggs or a protein shake. Your brain runs on protein, so give it hat it needs especially on test day.
  • Expect to do well. You studied, right? You've prepared for this all semester. Your brain is full of facts, figures, dates, or what have you from all the assignments you've completed. 
  • If you are still feeling anxious, try closing your eyes and breathing slowly in and out through your nose until you feel your muscles start to relax. You can do this at your desk and in between testing times. 

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