Math Survival Guide: Dealing with Math Anxiety 04

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"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

          You can make the same decision when you’re taking math tests.  I know

that this may not seem like an easy thing for you to do, so I’ve got some

relaxation exercises you can do that will help.  Just like anything else, learning

to be calm will take practice.  The more you do these, the better you’ll get! 

The most important thing for you to realize is that there IS something you can

do to reduce your math anxiety.


          For some of the exercises, you’ll want to take a nice twenty minute stress

vacation, while others are quick things that you can do right before a test or

anytime that you just want to calm down a bit.



          Effectively using visualization is in two parts: the first one is for

relaxation and the second is for future success.


Visualization for Relaxation


          Visualization for relaxation can be a quick thing that you do in your

classroom right before a test or the night before the test or while you're

waiting in line somewhere or while you're sitting in a traffic jam.  It can also be

done in a longer session, like meditation.  When this is the case, you’ll want to

sit or lie in a quiet place.

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