Math Test Anxiety Reduction Checklist

By Cynthia Arem in Conquering Math Anxiety 2nd edition

 

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Iíve reviewed and worked out lots of problems so I know my material out of context.

 

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I know the format and content of my upcoming math exam.

 

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I know how many questions will be on my exam and its duration.

 

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Iíve given myself several practice exams.

 

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On practice exams, Iíve noted areas of difficulty so I can strengthen them.

 

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Iíve analyzed my past pattern of typical errors so I can alert to them on my exam.

 

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Iíve gotten 7 to 8 hours of sleep in the days prior to the exam.

 

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Iíve kept up a regular program of moderate exercise.

 

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Iíve practiced relaxation exercise along with positive visualization in the days and the half-hour before the exam.

 

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Iíve eaten a small meal of low-fat protein 1 to 2 hours before the exam and avoided too much caffeine.

 

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Iíll arrive at the exam on time and avoid talking with others.

 

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Throughout the exam, Iíll remain calm, relaxed, and positive, checking my breathing often.

 

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I will say positive self-statements to myself and push away all disturbing or distracting thoughts.

 

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I will write out all my formulas and key ideas on the top corner of my exam sheet before beginning the test.

 

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Iíll quickly read through the exam, note point values, and schedule my time accordingly.

 

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Iíll proceed comfortably throughout the exam, working first on the problems that come most easily to me.

 

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Iíll carefully read the directions to all problems and circle significant words to avoid misinterpretation.

 

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After finishing the exam, Iíll check my answers, proofread for omissions, and check for my typical errors.

 

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Iíll leave and reward myself for a job well done!