Argumentative Essay On Test Anxiety

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Imagine arriving at the office feeling the following: headaches, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, and shallowness of breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling faint. Feeling like this, all one probably wants is to crawl under the covers nursing a steamy hot cup of tea. And, if one reports this illness to others at work, chances are, the employee would be asked to go home to self-care. However, what if, instead of a cold or flu, these are actually signs and symptoms of an anxiety episode? Would the first urge in our culture be brushing the feelings aside and engaging in self talk to “tough it out?” Imagine that if the experience is felt by our son or daughter at the university, and the anxiety is triggered by an important test. …show more content…
But too much anxiety can be physically and emotionally distressful, leading to difficulty with concentration and memory. Worrying and preoccupation would impair student’s thinking. Test anxiety is prevalent. Research suggests that between 25 and 40% of students experience test anxiety. I remember once walking into an elevator and seeing a fellow student red faced and sobbing, saying that she had bombed on a chemistry test, after studying so hard but just couldn’t concentrate once the test was placed in front of her. Also, when I was volunteering at the college health center, I observed that the clinic would get most calls about panic attacks during final …show more content…
For instance, instructors can offer “second chances” tests and lower the impact of any one test. Implementing study session during class time, providing ample review, and promoting peer support also encourage adequate preparation time. Familiarizing the students with test format and grading rubrics, as well as giving student practice tests under simulated conditions and making time to discuss experience afterward will all help decrease anticipation anxiety. Students look up to teachers, and if our professors model low level of anxiety, study suggests that it would also help decrease

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