Lori Lite, a certified children’s meditation facilitator, offers a free mp3 download entitled “Affirmations to Reduce Test Taking Anxiety”. Some of these are printed in the article as well. A three-minute video features Lori instructing teachers how to help their students do deep breathing exercise, cognitive restructuring, etc. Ms. Lite’s resources also include lesson plans.
Helping students cope with stress in general is important, because, as this article notes, they live in an environment with a constantly “growing pressure to achieve.” We all know that, unfortunately, the pressure will likely continue to mount.
This article for parents covers the basics every parent should be doing to relieve stress in general, not just test anxiety. A student whose parents practice these five habits will have a less stressful testing experience as well as less stress overall.
This short article explains how school counselors can help alleviate and prevent test anxiety. However, enough information is provided so that any teacher can educate their students in their own classroom.
This study explains a method all teachers can use to ease text anxiety. Simply having students write about their test anxiety for 10 minutes before exams can free their brain from test-related anxiety and help them do their best work.
This informative web page has five tabs, each with a short article and video. It defines test anxiety and its causes and symptoms. This is an excellent resource to learn the basics of test anxiety and ways to alleviate it.
This 2014, 10 minute YouTube video thoroughly covers how students can help themselves address test anxiety. Filmed in a classroom, the speaker talks directly to students, making it easy for teachers to use this resource. Showing this video, then discussing it, in itself constitutes a lesson plan. Students could be instructed to take notes or the teacher could make a summary sheet for students.