Relieving Test Anxiety...
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Karen Gray CH, RN

“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”

~  Rose Kennedy

When it comes to stress, we know exactly where it is coming from: That deadline, the decline of a relationship, the argument with the boss at work. Anxiety is much harder to pinpoint, and can be a collection of problems that seem to build up at the same time. Then the physical problems begin to set in. Stress can be the fuel for building anxiety, and anxiety causes more stress.

Test Anxiety may be the most common long-term cause of stress for high school and college students. After all, students go to school to learn. When you don’t get the results you think you should get, or you feel pressured to get certain academic results this can cause a lot of stress. For some students, college is the first time they are academically challenged. If high school was a breeze for you, college may be the first time you get a low grade on a test.

Consequently, test anxiety may be experienced for the first time or with increased intensity. Test anxiety is anxiety that usually starts before or while taking tests. The symptoms are both physical and mental, and usually inhibit your ability to perform.

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