Test Anxiety and the Gifted Student, Part 2

Several weeks ago, we posted a blog about test anxiety and gifted students, which had been discussed on Psychology Today. A followup piece giving tips on overcoming test anxiety was posted last week. In addition to distinguishing between two types of anxieties (the dread of the familiar or fish out of water), the author gives a few tips on how to work at overcoming test anxiety, which include:

  • Ask yourself this question: Which kind of stress is my keystone?
  • Familiarize yourself with a particular occasion and practice for it! 
  • Take care of the body so that the mind can work effectively.
  • Recall the last time you succeeded—or just get it out!
  • Use what you know about the test to prepare effectively. 
  • Visualize the potential positives.
  • Eliminate the “what-ifs.”
  • Focus on the moment.
  • Consider breaking your typical routine.
  • There is no instant (magical) cure to test/performance anxiety.
By using these steps, your students may begin to conquer the type of test anxiety that is preventing them from performing to the best of their abilities on test day.