Does my child have test anxiety?
If he/she experiences one or more of the following, test anxiety may well be the cause:
• Marks have worsened, compare to a prior period
• Performs worse in maths, science or accounting than in other subjects
• Understands most work, but cannot remember it during tests/exams
• Experiences physical symptoms like rapid breathing/racing heart, perspiring, cold or clammy hands, trembling hands during test/exams
The Basics First test anxiety program is designed to aid with test (or exam) anxiety, as well as with anxiety about specific subjects such as maths, science or accounting.
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Pressure could arise from:
• Their fear of performing badly again
• Negative associations with the subject (e.g. previous bad results, unpleasant memories such as conflict with family, teachers of other learners, or even associations with seemingly unrelated events)
• Bad expectations (for whatever reasons, and it could be based on reality or on subjective and negative perceptions)
• Real external pressure or personally created pressure
• Emotional reaction to their associations with the subject, such as the importance of good results for future studies
What does the Basics First test anxiety programme entail?
• Identifies the triggers that "switch on" the learner's anxiety response
• Teaches the learner techniques to recognise the triggers, handle them and thus prevent the anxiety response
• Teaches the learner techniques to recover from a freeze or "blank" during a test/exam and proceed – free of anxiety
• Teaches the learner how to deal with tests/exam papers and collect those marks that are within their reach
• If necessary, briefly reviews current study methods for the subject, identifying potential weaknesses
This programme works with learners as individuals (no group work), and typically completes in about six sessions