Sunday, July 18

Managing Test Anxiety

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about helping children with generalized anxiety and worry.  In that post, I described the symptoms of childhood anxiety that parents and teachers need to be aware of and keep an eye on.  Today's guest post by college student Allyson Gott talks about one of the specific causes of anxiety in children... test anxiety.  Test anxiety is something that used to be associated with high school and college, but now more and more students in elementary school are feeling it too.  Keep reading to learn more about test anxiety and for some simple strategies you can use to help your students at home and at school.

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Guest Post by Allyson Gott

Anxiety is a term every teenager and adult is familiar with. Whether you have experienced stress about an upcoming job interview or if you are currently taking anti-anxiety medication to combat extreme anxiety, worry and stress are feelings everyone has had. It is easy to imagine an adult with anxiety. It feels terrible and we often refer to the struggle with anxiousness as a battle. If that is the case for adults, who have had plenty of real-world experience in dealing with all kinds of issues, then imagine what kinds of terrifying thoughts school-age children are experiencing. 

Managing Test Anxiety

Anxiety in school-age children often manifests in the form of generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and testing anxiety.

The Child Mind Institute describes generalized anxiety as a worry about a wide variety of everyday things and social anxiety as children who are excessively self-conscious. This can make class activities and developing friendships difficult. These types of anxieties, while a trial all on their own, do not affect as many children as testing anxiety does. 

Children learn and grow at different speeds. What may be seen as an easy concept for one child, could be misunderstood completely by another. Testing both students on this subject could lead to major testing anxiety for one or both. The student who does not understand the concept may not know how to complete the task at hand. The other student may worry about having enough time to complete the task in an adequate manner.

Managing Test Anxiety

Testing anxiety affects millions of school-age children across the continent.

The Mayo Clinic has many ideas on how to reduce testing anxiety: 
  • Studying in a way that best helps the child to remember information is important, first and foremost.
  • Routines can also help reduce nervousness. A typical pre-testing routine can help establish calming emotions. 
  • Another suggestion is as simple as eating well and getting plenty of sleep. What helps the body also helps the mind.

Anxiety is common in people of all ages. It is, however, becoming more and more common in school-age children. One main reason for that is testing anxiety. While anxiety is not something that will completely go away, as your body needs certain stressors to survive, there are ways to cope when that stress becomes too much for your body to handle. The techniques previously described may be just what your child needs to calm their nerves and improve their test scores.

Allyson Gott, writer

Allyson Gott is from a small town in Arkansas. She has been working freelance for
one year. She has provided her services for many publications, such as GirlSpring Magazine.
Allyson is working towards her bachelor’s degree in English and has a background in Library
Science. These subjects help to ensure that each of her works is well written and researched to
the best of her ability.

To learn more about test anxiety, check out this Youtube video by Mylemarks: