Of the many challenges a student faces while preparing for a test, stress or test anxiety can be a major factor in test performance. Before finding out ways to reduce stress, one should be familiar with the reasons or triggers that cause this stress or anxiety. The most common reasons include bad time management, poor organizational skills, over-thinking consequences, and poor study habits.

Following are some of the ways to reduce stress before a test:

Be Prepared

The three main steps to pass any test is to prepare, organize, and practice. If u have done the work and are prepared, you will obviously have nothing to worry about. This will greatly reduce your stress.

Time Management

In most of the cases, you are well aware of the test format and the time limit for the test, beforehand. Take some time a day or two before the test to reflect on how you are going to divide the time between different test sections. A great way to do this is with practice tests.

Practice Tests

Practice tests are a great way to study for a test and helps reduce stress and relieve anxiety during the test. People often get stress or anxiety because of new situations. Practice tests help reduce this type of stress by acclimating your mind to the environment of the test before you take it.

Physical Aspects

Your body should be as prepared as your mind before the test. It is very important to have a good night’s sleep the night before a test. It’s also important to make sure you eat properly the day of the test. There is a common misconception that you should eat and have a full stomach right before a test. This is incorrect. You shouldn’t eat much immediately before the exam. This could cause fatigue, gas, or other issues during the test.

Mind Over Matter

The brain is a very interesting thing. As your brain is the powerhouse of your body, refrain from all kinds of negativity. For example, thinking about a negative outcome of the test, rumors about the test, peer pressure, or poor previous test grades. Instead, engage yourself in a positive self-motivation. Tell yourself positive things. Do this out loud. You can even do it in front of a mirror. Positive reinforcement exercises and surrounding yourself with positive people can boost your confidence, reduce stress, and improve test performance.

Deep Breaths

Breathing deeply for a minute or so has been proven to show results in controlling the physical symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. This is because it raises the oxygen level and lowers blood pressure. Immediately before you go into class to take a test, reduce your stress by taking 5 or 6 slow and deep breaths.

Stress and anxiety can be devastating to your test performance. Avoid the common causes of this by having good time management, organizational skills, and study habits. Then use these tips to help reduce stress before your test. Good luck!

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