EMPOWER YOURSELF: Six ways to overcome test anxiety

You study all week for an upcoming quiz and walk into class feeling well prepared. The second you look down at the test, you draw a blank. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Test anxiety can be a big problem for students of all ages, especially when it comes to midterms and finals. Oakland Community College counselors offer these six tips to help overcome test anxiety and empower excellence!

  1. Be prepared – Ask your instructor if tests are publisher-based to help with note taking. Studying Scantron and pencil.throughout the semester is better for anxiety – and results – than cramming for every test you take.
  2. Arrive early – Use this time to pick a seat where you won’t be distracted. Take a few minutes to look over your notes and take a few deep breaths to relax.
  3.  Read directions carefully – Slow down. Get focused. There’s nothing worse than solving for “x” then discovering the test question asks for “y.”
  4.  Focus on positivity – Take another deep breath and tell yourself “I am doing my best. I’ve got this.”
  5.  Start with the easiest questions – A blank page can add to the anxiety. Pick a question you know the answer to and begin.
  6.  Budget your time – Leave more time for questions that are worth more points.

Like the game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, is that your final answer? Remember to take a moment to look over your test questions and answers before turning it in. And remind yourself, you got this!

For information on test-taking anxiety and seminars on subjects like this, visit OCC’s Academic Support Center at oaklandcc.edu/asc.

About OCC

With multi campus system in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.


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