“Relax, It’s Only A Test”—My Article In The Latest Issue of TIME
I have an article in the latest issue of Time magazine (on the stands today) about test anxiety: how it affects students’ academic performance, and how to make it go away. Here’s the opening:
“The sophomore sat paralyzed as the minutes ticked by. One hour later, time was up for the exam in a statistics class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he turned in his work: it was completely blank, save for his name.
As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students, and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. But new research in cognitive science and psychology is giving us a clearer understanding of the link between stress and performance and allowing experts to develop specific strategies for helping kids manage their fears.
These potential solutions are reasonably simple, inexpensive and, as recent studies show, effective. Some work for a broad range of students, while others target specific groups. Yet they’re unfamiliar to many teachers and parents, who remain unaware that test anxiety can be so easily relieved.”
The full article isn’t available online, but I hope if it’s of interest to you that you’ll pick up a copy at the newsstand.
In the meantime—have you ever suffered from test anxiety? What brought it on, and what did you do to quell your nervousness?