Math Survival Guide: Dealing with Math Anxiety 01
"Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully.
| Most students experience anxiety over math tests. It’s normal. In fact,|
studies show that you should be a bit anxious before and during tests
because it helps you perform better. So, a little anxiety is a good thing. What
isn’t good is when the anxiety gets so bad that it gives you a sick stomach
and makes you cry! This level of anxiety can interfere with your performance.
The only students who don’t have even a little test anxiety are the ones
who know they’re going to fail and don’t care. Heck, even I have had test
anxiety! I’m sure you can imagine how many math tests I’ve had to take in my
lifetime. That kind of torture just shouldn’t be allowed! I’ve been through the
gambit of anxieties… the sleepless night, the upset stomach, the headache,
the stiff neck, the tears… It wasn’t pretty stuff.
But, I learned a very important lesson one day. I had three upper division
math classes one semester (actually, it was like that most semesters), so I had
three math finals in one week to look forward to and all were on very different
subjects. Of course, I had studied well for all of them, but by the end of the
second one, I was fried! My brain was cooked. I was so completely over the
whole thing. While I was leaving campus after final exam #2, I ran into the
professor who was giving final exam #3 the next day. He smiled and asked
me if I was ready for his final. I looked at him and said, “Right now, I’m so tired
that I don’t even care.”
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