How to Help Your Teen Cope with Test Anxiety

It’s normal for teens to experience test anxiety, but there are things you can do to help ease their mind. Find out more now.

May 15, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Test anxiety happens when a child or teen feels tension before, during, or after a test. This could mean they might feel nervous about things like failing, or forgetting test answers.

Even though some nervousness is natural, too much stress can affect your teen physically or emotionally. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to ease your teen’s mind and help them succeed.

Click the photos below for some tips to help your teen overcome test anxiety.

Encourage Positive Behavior

 

You can help your teen by making sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. A healthy routine has been proven to boost memory, decrease stress, and even lead to better academic performances.

 

Explain the
Need for Tests

 

It can be helpful for a teen to understand why a test may be necessary. Let them know the difference between standardized tests and subject matter tests. You can even explain the benefits of specific kinds of tests. Spelling tests will help them learn the proper use of the English language, for example.

 

Don’t Put
Pressure on Your Teen

 

Studies show that teens who feel an added pressure to succeed do worse on test scores than those who are praised for their strong points. Encourage your teen when they do things well, because if they go in with high self-esteem, they have a better chance of succeeding.

 

Choose Brain
Foods Before the Test

 

Certain foods help boost brain power—fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat toast, and eggs, for example. One in five teens doesn’t eat breakfast regularly, so try some power up pancakes the morning before the test to help them pay attention in school and earn better grades.

 

Keep Books and
Magazines at Home

 

Encourage your teen to read books or magazines whenever possible. Reading will help them learn new language and speech skills, better preparing them for all kinds of tests. Do you have a young child at home? Try these tips to help your child with reading today.

 

Check out some other school tips to help your child develop a routine and succeed now.

 

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Sources
“Active Education,” Active Living Research. January 2014.
http://activelivingresearch.org/sites/default/files/ALR_Brief_ActiveEducation_Jan2015.pdf

“Reducing Test Anxiety,” The Praxis Series. 2005.
https://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/reducing_test_anxiety.pdf

“Health and Academic Achievement,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 5, 2014.
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/health-academic-achievement.pdf

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