Hey guys! Today I have the pleasure of having a guest post from the amazing Aly who blogs over at Welcome to Alys World! She is going to discuss the one thing I am sure we all experience! I hope you enjoy her post and her blog as much as I have!
Raise your hand if you have ever felt anxious before a presentation or test. I know I have! Presentation and test anxiety is common among college students. It’s normal to feel anxious before a presentation or test, but we have to learn to keep this anxiety under control. Here are four ways to make sure test/presentation anxiety doesn’t stop you from performing your best.
Don’t try to avoid it. Instead, attack it full force.
Some students try to avoid studying for a test or rehearsing for a presentation because the idea of the test/presentation stresses them out. The truth is that putting off studying until the last minute will not make it easier. On the contrary, it will stress you out even more because it will leave you with loads of things to do and little time to do them!
Now that you’ve decided to dive head first into studying/rehearsing, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
The goal of practicing is to familiarize yourself with the test/presentation material to the point that it almost becomes second nature. Once it becomes second nature, it will be easy to reproduce during crunch time.
In the case of a test, create a practice test. Practice tests are the best way to gauge which concepts you already know and which concepts you need to spend more time studying. (Yes, flashcards do count as a practice test!) In addition to your own practice test, you can use these resources:
- The questions in the back of the chapter.
- Study guide provided by the professor. (I’d say this is the BEST resource. If he/she writes the test, then the test will likely look a lot like this study guide.)
Continue taking practice tests until you are happy with your scores. Not only does this familiarize you with the material, but it can also give you a big confidence boost when you get a good score.
In the case of a presentation, rehearse the presentation multiple times, out loud, to whoever will listen. If no one is available, give the presentation to your dog (I hope I’m not the only one guilty of doing this!). If you’re allowed to present with notes or flashcards, take advantage and make some.
When it’s time to take the test or to present, just breathe. You already prepared to the best of your ability. Let whatever you have stored your mind flow out through your pencil or through your mouth.
Presentations and tests can be nerve-wracking, but don’t let your nerves stop you from studying! If you don’t procrastinate, practice beforehand, keep a list of questions, and breathe, you can overcome presentation and test anxiety.