Lessons in low-stress test taking

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Lea McMillian
Staff Reporter
leaamcm@uab.edu


Devon Goodwin, junior in psychology, said she considers herself like any other normal college student. When midterm exams approach Goodwin said she feels the pressure to ace all her exams, as well as test anxiety. Devon Goodwin, junior in psychology, said she considers herself like any other normal college student. When midterm exams approach Goodwin said she feels the pressure to ace all her exams, as well as test anxiety. However, on top of her usual stresses, Goodwin also battles with MDD.

“Often, there is the feeling of failing and uncertainty that floods my brain,” Goodwin said. “Anxiety is a disability that seems little, but it triples over time.” 

After Goodwin attended the Test Anxiety workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Hill Student Center, she said she felt that she could take what she had learned and apply it to her everyday practices.   

Laura Beth, graduate intern in education, hosted the event to help students like Goodwin’s lives be less stressful, she said.

 “A lot of students suffer from test anxiety, they think it hinders their ability to succeed,” Beth said. “It’s important to take each test as an individual event and not spiral. Focus on one test at a time and remember one test does not affect your academic career.”   


Upon entering college, Natalia Duran, freshman in public relations, said she quickly realized that procrastinating was a game from the past and that college was a different kind of playground. “High school was a wakeup call and I learned from my failures,” Duran said. “By coming to the workshop, I learned new methods that I can add to my college experience.”   


While attending the workshop, students learned about different side effects of anxiety, such as headaches and nervousness.  

Students also learned helpful tips to make their lives less anxious, like making sure that they study a week prior to an exam rather than cramming for it the night before.  

However, workshop-goers were also advised not to over study for exams. Beth said that when students over study, they are cramming unnecessary information in their heads, resulting in their likely forgetting everything on the day of the exam.  UAB will be providing various academic workshops for the rest of the semester to help students meet their full potential in college.

The workshops also give students a chance to realize that their classmates are likely struggling with many of the same issues as they are.
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