Test anxiety?

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Test anxiety?

Zombirella Zombirella
Midterms are next week and I'm having a hard time relaxing. This is my final quarter and then I will have my bachelor degree. I have done this ever since I started college and I just don't know how to stop it, my anxiety meds don't seem to be working either. I have never failed an exam but I just always have this feeling of DREAD. Does anyone else drive themselves nuts like this?
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Yes, I have test anxiety
deltalima , BobbiJay , unfulfilled , DeliciousSurprise , wrecklesswords , Swish , Ryuson , Beck , El-Jaro , Miss Morphine , ViVix , Kindred , Hallmar82 , jeangel246 , angel142stx , Missmarc , eeep , padmeamidala , Stinkytofu10 , Secret Pleasure , True Pleasures , AmberM , xoflxokcxo , Hot'n'Bothered
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No, I don't have test anxiety
Coralbell , BlooJay , Ghost , Ciao. , Kayla , wdanas , nicholebinz , bayosgirl , P'Gell , I like to try harder , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , 12345678 , Puss in Boots , Lano4ka , PeachieClean , Silverdrop , dv8 , null
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Other (just in case)
Taylor , Jul!a , voenne , El-Jaro
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Total votes: 46 (45 voters)
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02/09/2012
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BlooJay BlooJay
I usually don't have test anxiety, unless it's on a subject that I'm not that great at.
02/09/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Midterms are next week and I'm having a hard time relaxing. This is my final quarter and then I will have my bachelor degree. I have done this ever since I started college and I just don't know how to stop it, my anxiety meds don't seem ...
I just had my first 2 midterms while sick
02/09/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I stress out really really badly when it comes to midterms. To force myself to relax I have a glass of wine while I am studying just to take off the edge. I really need. it.
02/09/2012
Taylor Taylor
I don't get stressed for written exams, but I get horrible anxiety when I have a practical exam.
02/09/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I do on standardized tests like I'd like to become a CPA, but would probably fail the exam because even though I'd know the material the whole test-taking process freaks me out. Normal mid-terms and finals never bothered me when I was in college.
02/09/2012
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I've always had test anxiety. It got worse when I was in high school. In Texas, we have the TAKS test (TAAS, when I was younger) and I actually failed one of them one year because I was so worried about taking the test and failing and getting everything wrong that I did in fact fail.

I actually never took the SAT or ACT because of that. I went to community college instead where those tests were not required.
02/09/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I always went back and forth. On the one hand, I was always worried about failing. But on the other hand by the time the test came up there wasn't much I could do about it so I tried to go into it feeling like I had done all I could to prepare because worrying would only make it worse.
02/09/2012
Swish Swish
study hard, and drink some tea, it helps, some chamomile, or green tea or something, try keeping a lavender something with u it will calm you
02/09/2012
Ciao. Ciao.
I was always the kid who did really well on tests. It didn't really matter what the subject matter was, and I didn't even really study much in k-12 schooling. At college I mostly had papers/projects and much less testing so I didn't really run into as much testing stuff, but it's just never something that has made me nervous in the least.
02/09/2012
nicholebinz nicholebinz
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Midterms are next week and I'm having a hard time relaxing. This is my final quarter and then I will have my bachelor degree. I have done this ever since I started college and I just don't know how to stop it, my anxiety meds don't seem ...
Do you need someone to chat with? I know it helps me to talk to someone. It maybe even better if its someone you dont know.
02/09/2012
voenne voenne
I used to have test anxiety (I just have a panic disorder in general), but somehow I learned to shut it off, stop worrying about grades, and I just go into a test staying, "Meh, whatever. Just going to do my best." And I always do okay regardless.

However, being called on for an answer is a completely different story. Gosh, it's the worst.

Good luck on your test! I know you'll do great, just hang in there!
02/09/2012
Beck Beck
Yes I get that, but I like the feeling.
02/09/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I'm sorry you're going through this. My middle daughter has terrible test anxiety, and subsequently tests much lower than her capabilities. Despite that, her work on papers, her contributions in class and her working hard to overcome it have paid off. She's in Grad School right now, still anxious about tests, but still pursuing her dream to work in Library Science. She worked hard to get her BS in English, finishing last spring, and was accepted into a very good school for her MS.

It's hard when tests freak you out. I don't really have any pointers, I wish I did. I'm one of those weird nerds who looked forward to tests and get "into the Zone" immediately and actually tests with high scores most of the time.

But, I can see my daughter's fear every time she has to take an exam. Making sure she has a good breakfast, a good night's sleep and stays hydrated (in addition to studying, of course) seems to help a lot.

I just kept letting her know, "Once college is over, those grades really don't matter much, your work does. And, your work is always well done." You only have one more semester, you can DO IT!
02/09/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Thanks for the encouraging comments Fortunately a study guide for one test was posted and I'm pretty confident I have it, the other class is a human relations course and most of it seems common sense and I just need to look over the terms. I was really worried about my physiological psychology test because I got a C on the last one even with the book but I found out I was with the class average but I really tried for once. For the midterm he let us use our practice 'xam' as he calls it and luckily I think I found all the right answers. Normally I'm one of those people that doesn't have to study much or at all UNLESS I want a perfect A which is weird that I get worked up like I do. I'm not very good at multiple choice or true/false. I had one professor throughout my time getting my bachelor that gave us the choice of the 2 question essay or the multiple choice/true false and I always opted for the essay. I just feel I have a better chance at the essay questions because even if I can't recall something EXACTLY it gives me a better chance to show what I DO know. With the two tests I have Monday, they are the first tests for those classes and not knowing their test style makes me nervous. I'll probably feel a LITTLE better for the next ones after I see how they do things.

I'm not really interested in any of my classes this last go around so that doesn't help much. I'm a huge procrastinator and I have had to FORCE myself to do the assignments/papers at the last minute. I had other courses in mind I wanted to take but they weren't offered this quarter and I wanted to graduate ASAP so I had to choose from a list I wasn't enthused about.

Congrats to your daughter P'Gell. A masters would be great but I'm so ready to get out of my mother's house and into my own place with my fiance that I'm just taking the 4 year degree required to get me into probation and go. I may go back later on but I'm too anxious to get my freedom. I goofed around and took summers off and I could have graduated a year or two ago but I wasn't thinking of the future, I was just thinking of summers off with no homework and was too worried I'd miss out on something. Oh well.
02/10/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Midterms are next week and I'm having a hard time relaxing. This is my final quarter and then I will have my bachelor degree. I have done this ever since I started college and I just don't know how to stop it, my anxiety meds don't seem ...
I always imagine myself failing horribly, and then I will lose my financial aid, and then my life will be over. I've never actually failed a test...
02/10/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I'm sorry you're going through this. My middle daughter has terrible test anxiety, and subsequently tests much lower than her capabilities. Despite that, her work on papers, her contributions in class and her working hard to overcome it have ...
Yay for your daughter!
02/10/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Quote:
Originally posted by ViVix
I always imagine myself failing horribly, and then I will lose my financial aid, and then my life will be over. I've never actually failed a test...
Oh man, this is SO me! I'm so happy it's almost over so I can gain SOME of my sanity back.
02/10/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by ViVix
Yay for your daughter!
Thank you. Thank you, also, Zombirella. We're very proud of her. I advised her to do it now, before she got into a full time relationship (she has a boyfriend, but no living together, marriage etc) and maybe babies start coming. I wouldn't wish Grad School while trying to raise babies on my worst enemy. Been there, too much.
02/10/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
I have test anxiety too, but it's from fear of writing an exam that's too hard because I'm the teacher...haha.
02/10/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Midterms are next week and I'm having a hard time relaxing. This is my final quarter and then I will have my bachelor degree. I have done this ever since I started college and I just don't know how to stop it, my anxiety meds don't seem ...
That's why toys are great They help relief stress
02/10/2012
eeep eeep
I have the same problem, and coincidentally it is my last semester before I get my BA too. I've never been put on anti-anxiety meds, mostly because I hate taking meds, and have had bad reactions to some before. My biggest problem is always getting to sleep the night before, often I end up using a toy to try and wear myself out, but it doesn't always work. Trust me, you're not alone in test-anxiety. I usually do really well on exams, but still stress like crazy about them, writing ones are the worst. Just be glad that it is the last semester, so it'll be the last midterms you have to deal with.
02/10/2012
Puss in Boots Puss in Boots
I don't have anxiety, I just procrastinate. :/
02/10/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Once it's over, it's over
02/10/2012
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
I do have test aniexty and I take meds for my aniety but when i take tests I just try and get some rest the night before study as hard as I can and relax and know all I can do is my best. Good Luck I am sure you will do great.
02/10/2012
PeachieClean PeachieClean
The only test I've ever been anxious for was my first belt test when I was taking martial arts. That was nerve wracking. But written tests have never phased me.
02/10/2012
True Pleasures True Pleasures
I used to have bad test anxiety, to the point where I'd start pulling at my eyebrows and fussing with my fingernails. However, done with college, so no more of that. Yay!
02/10/2012
null null
Not really, I try not to stress out about tests, and that's when I do my best.
02/16/2012
AmberM AmberM
I get stressed about tests even when i have no doubt i can do them well. its just how i am.
02/16/2012
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
I was never a great test taker. Give me an essay any day, but skip the test please. LOL
02/17/2012
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