Do you ever feel overwhelmed by large projects, exams, or other college responsibilities? Has your brain ever frozen in the middle of a test? There are many reasons for feeling stress when facing examinations. Experiencing a small degree of stress and/or anxiety is actually good for our brains in performance situations. However, if you begin to experience stress overload, then you need to learn healthy strategies to reduce your stress.
Common causes of test anxiety
- previous problems with academic performance
- poor preparation and cramming for the examination
- fear of exposure because the information has not been mastered
- too much focus on the ‘grade’ versus learning the material
- negative thoughts
Symptoms of test anxiety
Common symptoms can be physical and mental such as:
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If you are experiencing test and/or academic anxiety, please consider meeting with one of our learning strategists for academic coaching.
If you are experiencing general anxiety or need other help, please contact LSU Mental Health Services.