Students need to learn how to relax their brain. A relaxed brain during a test is able to think and process the questions. A brain in panic freezes. Students need to learn how to turn off the negative thinking that sneaks in and leads to panic. They need to learn how to relax their brain.
Some methods of quieting the panic and relaxing include:
- listening to music
- playing an instrument
- taking a walk outside
- any form exercising
- looking at the ocean
- spending time alone
- spending time with a person who calms you
- reading specific texts
- writing (putting your worries onto paper exits them from your head)
- breathing slowly
What method works for you? Once you figure it out, incorporate it into your testing strategy. Give yourself enough time to spare before the test so that you can prepare yourself to take the test with a relaxed brain.
Sandy Aprahamian, Owner, Independent Educational Consultant, EdNavigators