8 Clever ways to Defeat Test Anxiety

By Aditya Shukla, psychologist and edtech consultant


Moderate anxiety helps students perform well. Too much of it, you take an L.

Smelling good instantly relaxes the nervous system. During an anxious moment in a test, smell your fragrance.

1. Smell good

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Time monitoring is stressful, so break that stress with 1 deep breath and return to your question.

2. Deep breathe when you look at the timer

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Images of nature and flowers relax the brain and enhance cognition. Look at your clothes when you get anxious.

3. Wear flowery or nature print clothes

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Placebos like lucky charms, even when you know they are just objects, improve confidence and performance. Faith during stress is powerful

4. Carry a lucky charm

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An upright posture reduces perceived test difficulty and enhance abstract thinking + mental math.

5. Sit upright

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For every question in a mock test, count down from 5 to 1 and then start. This is like excessive weight training when you don't need it.

6. Waste time in mock tests

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These tips are easy to use during the exam and need no extra effort