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Test anxiety, exam stres, maths anxiety ...

Study-related stress is not a burden that your child or student needs to bear!

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