Episode 02 - Test Anxiety 101: Symptoms, Causes, and How to Cope

Episode 02 - Test Anxiety 101: Symptoms, Causes, and How to Cope

Jan 5, 2024

Welcome to the Assessment Alchemist podcast, hosted by Tina Wiles, where we demystify the world of assessment and empower educators and students. In each episode, Tina combines expert insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories to transform test anxiety into a positive learning experience. Whether you're a teacher, counselor, or education enthusiast, this podcast is your key to educational alchemy.

This week’s episode of The Assessment Alchemist is brought to you by My2tor CEO and standardized test prep expert Tina Wiles. In this episode, Tina Wiles shares her background and what Educational Alchemy means.


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About the Episode:

Episode 2 - Test Anxiety 101: Symptoms, Causes, and How to Cope

  • In this episode, Tina delves into the myths, symptoms, and causes of test anxiety. She dispels the myth that test anxiety is an inborn trait, emphasizing that it's a learned behavior that can be unlearned. Tina also clarifies that not all test anxiety is necessarily bad; a healthy level of anxiety can indicate investment in the outcome.

    Tina discusses five main causes of test anxiety:

    • Fear of failure

    • Lack of preparation

    • High-pressure situations

    • Perfectionism

    • Poor test history

    She emphasizes that even well-prepared students can experience test anxiety, as it can affect their ability to perform well on exams.

    Tina provides valuable insights on managing test anxiety, including techniques to reduce fight-or-flight responses. She highlights the importance of controlled breathing and shares visualization exercises to boost confidence and dispel doubt. Additionally, she encourages students to develop specific strategies for approaching different types of exams, helping them feel more in control.

    Listeners are invited to explore a test anxiety quiz at testanxietyquiz.com to assess their own anxiety levels. Tina closes the episode by inviting feedback and engagement from her audience.

    For more information and future podcast updates, visit my2tor.com/podcast. Thanks for joining Tina on the Assessment Alchemist podcast, and stay tuned for more insightful discussions on assessment and learning. Bye!

Magical Quotes from the Episode:

  1. "Even if you know the material inside and out, test anxiety can limit your brain and body's ability to demonstrate that knowledge when taking the exam."

  2. "Test anxiety is not an excuse for students who don't know the material. It is actually a legitimate condition that impacts a large number of students."

  3. "Test anxiety is a learned behavior, which means that we can actually unlearn it, and we can learn how to take tests."

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