Apr 29, 2008

CASAS helps students study for finals

by Amanda Sullivan
Thoughts of tests and passing grades are beginning to plague students’ minds as they prepare for end-of-the-semester exams on Liberty University’s campus. Many students are forced to cope even while they have poor study habits and test anxiety. Fear and ill preparation may be battled by learning good study skills. Adequate study skills may be difficult to learn and put into practice, but once the skills are learned, the student will benefit for years to come. Test anxiety is common among many college students. Learning how to study effectively will reduce the chance of developing a case of test anxiety, which will allow the student to perform better on exams. “While we don’t know the exact number of students who have test anxiety, it is safe to say that many students have some form of test anxiety,” Retention Coordinator for Academics Lisa Taylor said. “Having a mild case of test anxiety is not always bad, especially if it causes one to stay focused on the task at hand (test preparation).” Students should learn to recognize indicators of test anxiety. The symptoms are mainly emotional, behavioral or physical. Poor concentration, negative self-talk, having a short temper, bad sleeping habits (sleeping too much or insomnia), rapid heartbeat, tightened muscles, headaches, sweaty palms and nausea are common signs of test anxiety, according to information provided by the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS). Test anxiety is manageable, though. Students should maintain a positive attitude and outlook about the test, use relaxation techniques, get a good night’s sleep, prepare for the test ahead of time and arrive early for class on test day.
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