Do you remember? What did it feel like when your performance on a test was critical? What would your parents have done if you didn't do well? What was your self-perception?…did it depend upon your test score?
According to Julie Wilson in an article at The Dawson Times The Dawson Times, tests & stress are "enough to cause a nervous breakdown. Or at least produce a cold sweat! There’s no doubt about it – kids are under tremendous pressure to perform, and it’s no surprise that with this pressure comes a good bit of anxiety and a whole lot of self-doubt."
After listing some excellent ideas and tips about how test anxiety can be reduced, Ms Wilson concludes: "While we can’t take away all of our children’s fears and anxieties about school and test-taking, we can be their biggest advocates. Coupling love and encouragement with some of the strategies we’ve discussed here can go a long way in helping your child achieve success in the classroom and beyond." To read Julie Wilson's entire article with hints, clues and ideas about how to help your kids navigate the rough waters of test anxiety, please click on Zap Test Anxiety While Building Self Esteem