Wednesday, July 19, 2017

6 Tips to Banish Test Stress

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We’ve all felt anxious before taking a test. Being called upon to remember concepts, facts and skills learned in a class can cause stress. In fact, test anxiety is a fairly common experience. But it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Rio Salado counselor Autumn Cardenez has six tips to help you turn test stress into a positive way to prepare for your exams.

montage of hands with thumbs in the air1. Hang out with a furry friend! Yes, play with an adorable animal for 15 to 20 minutes when feeling stressed out. If you do not have a pet of your own you can call on a friend or even visit a pet store. After playing with your friend you will feel rejuvenated and calm. It works!

2. Run! Going for even a 20-minute run releases feel-good endorphins to boost your mood and can help quiet an overactive mind. Try to fit in a quick jog after school and before you start studying so that you can hit the books with a clear mind.

3. Create something! Baking, drawing, writing, and playing music are all calming activities that will ease stress. Try baking a healthy protein packed breakfast recipe like these Egg Muffins. Not only are you easing your mind you’re feeding it what it needs to thrive.

4. Talk to someone! Keeping negative emotions bottled up will only make things worse. You can reach out to a friend or a family member or come see us at Rio Salado Counseling, call 480.517.8785 or find the nearest counseling center at riosalado.edu/counseling. Talking about the anxiety will often rob its power to alter your success.

5. Clean the clutter and organize your calendar! A clean working space equals a clean mind; you'll create a place that allows you to totally focus. Organize your calendar and plan your final projects, exam dates, and other things in your life.

6. The best remedy to alleviate stress is to be prepared. Study and take practice exams before scheduling your official testing session. Knowledge is power!

illustrated image of a happy student passing an exam
The best thing about tests and final exams is that they end! 

Here’s to a happy ending for you.

Contributed by Autumn Cardenez on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.