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Guest Speaker Addresses How to Combat Test Anxiety

Jan 14, 2014

On December 30th, Dr. Joan Miller, a child and family therapist, spoke to Peter Miller’s Prep Math class at the Richmond Campus on the subject of test anxiety. 

Dr. Miller explained how the brain works when it comes to anxiety. The amygdala is the part of the brain that is associated with fear. It makes up a part of the limbic system, a connection of areas of the brain that control emotion and our physical responses to it. When the amygdala is activated, it gives rise to a sensation of fear or feeling under threat, which produces the fight or flight response that enable us to run away or stand our ground and fight for survival. The physical feelings associated with this are trembling, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, tunnel vision and racing heart. This is how anxiety feels in the body.  Dr. Miller shared the following tips for preparing yourself to take a test:
 Be positive!! Give yourself a positive pep talk.
 Be prepared! Study
 Encourage yourself
 Skip problems you cannot answer do the ones you know first, then go back and do the ones you skipped
 Exercise regularly it raises your serotonin levels  “the happiness hormone”
 Get enough sleep, have a regular bedtime
 Eat well before the test—don’t eat a lot of sugar – eat protein.
 Drink plenty of WATER it helps with brain function.
 Take deep breaths - Inhale 5 seconds - Hold 5 seconds - Exhale 5 seconds.
Medical assisting and pharmacy student, Tracey Noe said, “I really appreciated Dr. Miller’s presentation. I struggle with both general anxiety and test anxiety. The tips that she gave us I believe will truly help me.”

(A)Dr. Joan Miller is a child and family therapist who addressed the subject of test anxiety.
(B)Dr. Joan Miller speaks to Mr. Miller’s Prep Math class at the Richmond Campus.