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Beating Test Anxiety


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* Take care of yourself. Ensure that you begin the day on a full stomach and with a good night’s sleep. Because anxiety is not simply a mental reaction, your physical well-being is an important factor in contributing to overall test performance.

* Ask for help. If you have done your best, but still feel unprepared to face that challenge, it is okay to ask a parent, teacher, school guidance counselor, or a tutor for help.

Good Study Skills

As mentioned above, cramming is not a good idea. Rather, space it out. Instead of studying for three hours one night, study for one hour on three separate nights. This will give your brain a chance to transfer the information from short-term memory to long-term memory and ensure an easier retrieval.

Secondly, recite it or read it aloud. Part of memory is the phonological loop, which involves hearing the words we say. These sounds sit in our memories for slightly longer than the words that we simply read. Therefore, if you recite the information there is a better chance of it remaining in your long-term memory.

Lastly, create a designated workspace. Study spaces need not be quiet or clutter-free because some people working best with noise. However, this workspace should be the same place that you study each time you have an exam. This way, you are priming your body to recognize, “It’s study time now. Time to get my thinking cap on.”

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation,, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@verizon.net. Visit her on the web at rifkaschonfeldsos.com.


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