A certain level of anxiety is helpful as it inspires one to take action and study. However, too much anxiety can lead to avoidance behavior as one may procrastinate, or it may cause one too freeze during test time. This can lead to going "blank" during the
test—all of a sudden your forget everything, perhaps you lose your ability to focus, your heart starts beating faster, and you become more panicked and flustered. You may find that you run out of time or are unable to complete problems you have already studied.
So, how can you cope with test anxiety?
1. Adequate preparation.
a. Waiting till the last minute creates feelings of being overwhelmed as there is too much information to be learned in too little time.
b. So, break studying down into small chunks and prepare ahead of time.
I. Study a little bit every day. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, so commit to 15 minutes a day. You may find that once you get started, you will go over...
Study time does not = learning
To enhance your study time try to focus on the bigger picture rather than just memorizing facts.
Remember, more effort now means less effort later. So, be present & attentive now.
1. Look for the big picture & connect facts together. Also, connect new information with existing info.
2. Utilize metaphors. Metaphors connect 2 unrelated concepts/things by establishing an important similarity.
Ex. ~> “Minds are like parachutes; they only function when they are open.”
~> Thus, something unfamiliar is connected to a familiar object or idea.
3. Try to link feelings, senses, and imagery. Visualize. Talk it out. Write it out. The more senses you use the more you connect information.
4. Draw a simple diagram of what you learned with key terms. The point is to LINK.
5. Simplify the information as if you were teaching it to a 4th grader.
6. Scan through your text and when you encounter info you have...
1.Distinguishing similarities vs. Differences
Go over the titles of each lesson and be able to distinguish how they are different and similar.
*How was yesterdays homework lesson different than today?
*What is the difference between problems in each subsection of your homework?
* How is this chapter related to and different from the previous chapter?
2. Be able to explain these differences.
*Explain what the difference is out loud. This helps to organize what you have learned.
Perhaps you are more visual.
*Break problems down into steps and in your own words describe what you did at each step. Color code steps.
3. Representative Problems
After you complete your homework, pick out a problem that is representative of each subsection and be able to explain how to do it. Again, explain what steps you took and distinguish how this problem is different or similar to other problems in the section.
Do all your...
Memory formation can be divided into three phases: acquisition, storage, and retrieval.
Once something is encoded into memory, the memory remains stored. The problem is not that the memory is gone, but that the connection or retrieval path cannot be accessed. Think of memory as a city. The more routes and modes of transportation you have to
this city, the easier it is to access this place. Once you have traveled this route, you are less likely to get lost on subsequent trips and no longer need to rely on directions and a map, especially regarding trips you have made recently and frequently. The
city doesn't disappear!
So the question becomes how can one learn information in a way that strengthens retrieval paths both in the short and long run.
E.g. Let’s say that I am at a party and someone introduces herself to me. Her name is Jasmine. I...