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ERIC Number: ED303685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 3
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Helping Adult Students with Test Anxiety. Techniques.
Gadell, Michael
Lifelong Learning, v12 n5 p29-30 Feb 1989
Suggestions are made regarding ways teachers can help adult learners reduce their test anxiety. These general comments apply to content-oriented courses and may have some general applicability to all testing situations. The suggestions include clearly characterizing the test prior to its administration, planning for last-minute questions on test day, reviewing the content of the test in an organized way prior to test day, clearly communicating the grading and make-up policy in advance, identifying "test-anxious" students in advance and talking with them individually and privately, providing feedback as rapidly as possible, and providing feedback in terms of the range of class scores, mean, and distribution of letter grades. Other suggestions are treating each test score as private information, emphasizing learning instead of grades, using a color other than red for marking papers, including a mixture of types of test items, constructing the test so that the simplest items occur first, allowing students to make up and answer a test question for extra credit, and enrolling in a content course as a student. (YLB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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