ERIC Number: ED426214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Effective Strategies for Dealing with Test Anxiety. Teacher to Teacher Series.
Test anxiety is exceedingly common among learners in adult basic education. Any one or more of the following can cause individuals to experience test anxiety: learned behavior resulting from the expectations of parents, teachers, or significant others; associations that students have built between grades or test performance and personal worth; fear of disappointing or alienating friends, family, and/or parents because of poor performance; and feelings of lack of control and/or inability to change one's present life situation. When working with anxious students, establishing rapport is vital. Some helpful tips teachers can convey to their students are as follows: avoid large amounts of caffeine before tests; eat a light meal; dress comfortably; be prepared; be positive; take breaks when needed; read directions and questions carefully; use available time wisely; look for key terms in questions and trick questions; make an outline before answering an essay question; and practice with sample tests before the test day. To help alleviate students' test-related stress, teachers should teach both testing techniques and relaxation techniques. Anxiety management training is among the best ways to help students reduce their test-related anxiety. The training consists of three components: relaxation training; construction of an anxiety hierarchy; and systematic desensitization of anxiety. The final step is to help students develop realistic and positive attitudes toward school. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.