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ERIC Number: ED318750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 5
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The Three-Fingers Technique: Does It Reduce Test Anxiety?
Maycock, George
The utility of brief exposure to a mental focusing aid, the Three-Fingers Technique (TFT), in reducing test anxiety was studied for 15 college students. One week before their final examination, the students were given a 15-minute classroom introduction to the TFT, part of the Silva Mental Training Method (1983). After the introduction to this conditioned trigger that assists in improving mental focus and concentration, students participated in a 15-minute relaxation exercise and received instructions on using the method for studying and for taking tests. A Likert-type questionnaire was used to determine student attitudes about the technique and its use. Almost all of the students (80%) felt that the relaxation exercise was helpful. All of the students reported that they felt anxiety on previous tests. Of the 13 students who used the technique, during the exam, 8 felt less anxiety than on previous tests, 3 maintained the same level of anxiety as on previous tests, and 2 felt more anxious than on previous tests. In an evaluation of aspects of the course, students ranked the relaxation exercise third in usefulness, after the course textbook and course lectures. One bar graph is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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