Math Exams Anxiety: Tips To Conquer It ...
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Help me with math! I get sweaty knuckles, and my mind races, but goes blank every time I sit down to take a
math exam. What can I do to conquer math exams anxiety and the shortness of breath?
We at HelpMeWithMaths.Com get asked this. ... A lot.
The key is to understand that taking a math test brings about a similar response seen in athletes or musicians.
The body seems to kick in to work against the beleaguered math test taker, just like they would for a baseball
player or Olympic athlete.
The only difference? Students are stuck sitting at their desks staring at a blank screen or sheet of paper,
taunting them. Athletes have coaches and trainers who teach them how to harness the gift of the body to perform
better. They are taught to recognize when their body is increasing excitement to aid performance.
At another point, athletes are trained to recognize that eventually such excitement is too much and requires a
resetting to balance out the body, or homeostasis. Harness the gift of fight or flight responses by knowing the
signs, symptoms to make math test takers perform better on exams.
TAKING BACK CONTROL
The good news here is that a little bit of education about something called the parasympathetic nervous system
helps math students use their body's own strength. Improve the feeling of the situation, and the whole
There is a central nervous system and a peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system then has the
somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is divided into the parasympathetic, enteric, and sympathetic nervous
systems. The ANS is fortunately able to work two ways, with your input, or without. If you are busy focusing on
a math problem, the ANS continues to initiate breathing, digestion, and heartbeats, for instance.
However, if there is a smell of the pizza lunch wafting through the air, the individual student can stop the
autonomic work of natural breathing to sniff in the scent.
The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for such regulation. The sympathetic system works in opposite
fashion, exciting the individual if they feel in danger or stressed.
HOW TO IMPROVE FEELINGS?
1. Take long, deep breaths to improve and even out the experience.
2. Focus on each individual question. DO NOT focus on a series of negative what-ifs. "If I get three questions
wrong I fail, then I have to re-take this class, skip college and feel like a failure."
3. Know you have a team of support and love around you.
4. Keep healthy perspective. Study hard, and be prepared.
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