Coping with Test Anxiety
Last updated November 17, 2021
Have you ever been in the middle of taking a test, staring blankly at the paper below you, and felt like you forgot everything you studied? Or maybe you’ve found yourself feeling nauseous, distracted, or hopeless. These feelings are totally normal - but could be a symptom of test anxiety.
Put simply, test anxiety is feelings of extreme panic, anxiety, or stress before, during, or even after an exam. We know these feelings are real - and want to give you some useful tips to help you cope and succeed on every exam you take.
Eat and drink water beforehand.
Have you ever felt annoyed or irritated for no reason, only to realize it’s because you haven’t eaten all day? Imagine feeling that way while trying to take a test - not ideal at all. Having adequate food and water in your system can help you focus more during your exam.
Revamp your study habits.
Showing up to an exam feeling well prepared can help reduce test anxiety. Check out some of our best study and productivity tips to make the most out of your studying.
- Set up and personalize your study space at home
- Download one of these apps that can increase studying productivity
- Learn how to eliminate distractions and focus on studying
Get enough sleep the night before.
You might have heard this before, but in case you haven’t: cramming is not effective! So don’t do it. Staying up late the night before an exam to study will likely only make you feel groggy and cranky the next morning, which can distract you from fully focusing during your exam so make sure you give your brain an opportunity to rest and recharge.
Still need help handling your test anxiety?
- Practice good self care - Whether you’re in high school or college, we have some self-care tips and activities for you to try out before your next exam.
- Ask for help - Your teachers and professors want you to succeed just as much as you do - don’t be afraid to talk to them and ask for help.
- Get professional help - Test anxiety can sometimes be a symptom of something bigger - like anxiety, depression, or imposter syndrome. Talking to a professional about how you feel can give you some insight into why you feel that way, how to spot patterns in your mood, and help you prioritize your mental health.
We’re always here to help! Text #Hello to 33-55-77 if you have questions, need support, or want to talk.