ERIC Number: ED216058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Counseling/Peer Tutoring for Test Anxious Underprepared Students: A Preliminary Evaluation.
Lent, Robert W.; And Others
General College Studies, v17 n2 1981-82
Psychology students at the University of Minnesota were studied for the effects of different interventions on test anxiety and the academic performance of students with debilitating test anxiety. One group of students received peer tutoring and training in the use of study skills; a second group received training in cue-controlled desensitization (CCD), a method of reducing test anxiety through relaxation techniques; a third group was trained in both CCD and peer tutoring/use of study skills; and a fourth group received no interventions. All groups were measured for self-reported test anxiety, anxiety during actual test taking, and general anxiety. Academic performance was assessed through students' weekly quiz scores, final examination scores, and final grades in their psychology class. The results were not conclusive on the effects of intervention on course performance, test anxiety, or general anxiety. However, there was evidence that students who received CCD training experienced significantly less anxiety under actual examination conditions at posttest than students not trained in CCD. Furthermore, students trained in CCD showed significant reduction in debilitative test anxiety between pretesting and follow-up testing. It was suggested that programs with both anxiety reduction and study counseling components would be most effective in reducing test anxiety and improving test performance among underprepared students with poor study and test-taking skills. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.
Identifiers: University of Minnesota