Post # 1
The further I go in my education the worse my test anxiety gets. I’m having a micro panic attack about a chemistry final at the moment and I know the material. I studied, I worked hard in the class, I’m getting an A, and I’m still losing it. I really need to figure out how to just calm down. Any suggestions? Its too late to help for this final but I have 3 more tomorrow.
P.S. the classic “calm down and take a deep breath” method doesn’t work I start hyperventilating.
Post # 3
Yoga/meditation? Get a good run in? I find some serious exercise always calms me down. But, if it’s getting worse and you know the material, is something else causing it? Are you putting too much pressure on yourself to pass this course and equating it to a successful future or something?
Calm down, believe in yourself, and know you’re awesome!
Post # 4
If you know the material walk away from it. I had moments in college and grad school where I would start to study TOO much. I graduated undergrad with a 4.0 and I was panicking myself everytime because I wanted to keep that grade. It took me until grad school to realize that there was a thing as too much studying. I would suggest study until you know you know and then walk away. Go see a movie or do something you enjoy the day before the test. People used to think I cheated because I would always go out to the beach the day of or before a big test. That wasn’t the case at all – I just needed to clear my mind.
Post # 5
Thanks for the input ladies. I went for a run and felt way better afterwards. And yes, I put a ton of pressure on myself. This semester was particularly hard because most of my finals were worth upwards of 40% of my grade in each class. And I’m an A student. That is the standard I hold myself to. And I guess it makes sense that I worry more about it because as my classes get harder it gets harder to maintain my GPA. (I already got in a fight with calculus II and lost my 4.0. My university doesn’t believe in grade forgiveness either so I can’t retake it and repair my GPA.)