ACTIVITY: How to Beat Test Anxiety

Florida State Standards 

LAFS.1112.WHST.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LAFS.1112.WHST.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information

LAFS.1112.WHST.3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation

Teacher Needs

            NEXT article, “How to Beat Test Anxiety

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Student Needs

            NEXT article, “How to Beat Test Anxiety

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            Internet access

            MS Word

Introduction

Test anxiety is real.  It happens to most of us whether we are in elementary school, high school or college.  So, what can we do to help relieve anxiety before a big test day? 

Many experts have ideas and suggestions how to beat test anxiety.  But which one could work for you? Or have you ever tried a technique that was successful in helping you relieve some of that stress? 

Task 1

Your task will be to research three types of test anxiety relief suggestions; brain breaks, meditation, mindfulness exercises, physical exercise breaks, writing exercises and certainly our old stand-by solid preparation and getting a good night’s sleep. If you have tried another technique which has been the “life saver” technique for you to relieve test anxiety, please use this as one of the three required.

Task 2

Now that you have researched and become familiar with each of the three techniques, let’s put them in a format that could be useful to help others.

Create a magazine article for fictional magazine, NEWSTIME, using the headline, “How to Beat Test Anxiety”.  Include information about each of the anxiety relief techniques you have researched.  Put them in the order in which you believe would be most beneficial to a student suffering from text anxiety. 

Make sure that you use an inverted triangle format in your writing.  The illustration below better explains this type of writing. 

(Hint:  Magazine readers like to read the most newsworthy information at the onset of the article. If they do not finish reading, they have not missed anything since the least important information is at the end of the article.)

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