Causes Of Test Anxiety
This information was adapted from Winning at Math by Paul D. Nolting.
- Association of grades with self-worth.
- Develops from different types of fears.
- Can stem from feeling a lack of control and change in situation.
- Previous embarrassment from teacher, students, or family.
- Placed in wrong class.
- Past and continued negative experiences or attitudes.
- Consequences of perfectionism.
- Fear of timed tests.
- Poor study and personal habits.
Conquering Math Anxiety
- One of the best ways to combat math anxiety is to maintain a positive attitude toward math and your ability to do math. Pause and change what you are saying to yourself.
- It is important to learn how to manage not eliminate your anxiety. A little anxiety keeps you alert and can help you do your best. If you become overwhelmed, focus on one thing at a time.
- Find out in advance the length of the test and the time allotment.
- Panic often results when we are taking a test and cannot recall information that we thought we had mastered. To eliminate your chance of ever having a mental block, you need to “over” prepare and master every topic that might be on the test.
- Get or design practice tests and take them several times. Try to simulate the test taking conditions. Doing well on a practice exam fosters confidence for the exam.
- Think of this exam as a challenge, a time to show what you have mastered.
- Use the Ten Steps to Better Test Taking skills.
- Practice relaxation exercises along with positively visualizing the
exam going well for you.
- Deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Relax all your muscles. Tense your muscles and hold for a few seconds. Relax. Repeat one more time if necessary.
- Chewing gum (if allowed) during the test can help relieve anxiety.
Hours of Operation
The Math Learning Center will be offering online math tutoring during Spring quarter.
|Apr 2 - Jun 11|
|Monday - Thursday|
|9 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|9 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
No online tutoring will be available on In-Service Day, Advising Day or state holidays.
Cedar Hall, 313
Math Learning Center Coordinator