Over the course of my school career I have had lots of experience with testing anxiety, but it is something that I had just accepted as part of college. Granted I have heard many ways by which to relieve test anxiety and stress, but I have never really applied them. Now as I approach my last semester I have come to the point where I really just don’t care. And that just might be the key.
This concept of total apathy towards the tests, really does alleviate testing anxiety. It is all just a mental game we play with ourselves. We get psyched up and start to over think our impending exam and its importance. In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter. At all. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t study or prepare for the test, I’m just saying to do it in moderation. Don’t kill yourself. Or do what I do and don’t prepare at all. Just wing it and hope for the best. It basically kills all anxiety because you don’t have to even think about the test. Just pretend it doesn’t exist until you are actually taking it.
Unfortunately completely ignoring your up coming test isn’t always an option. When that happens, the way that I feel works best for me to overcome stress and remain focused is to just stay in the moment. What I mean by this is that when the test is approaching I don’t over think it. I study and prepare, but I don’t dwell on it. The test is going to happen and getting anxious about it is not going to help me pass. This is especially important when the test is only a day or a few hours away. I find for me if I can redirect my focus up until the time of the test I can stay calm. Furthermore, when it comes time to take the test, I know that all I can do is try my best and there is no reason to freak out. I do still get a little nervous, but it has REALLY helped.