Friday, October 1, 2004

Some Views on Test-Taking and Stress



"Normal chapter tests in school sometimes bring more stress than the so-called 'big ones.' Due to extracurricular activities and part-time jobs, the time to study for these periodic tests can sometimes be hard to come by. ... Our children are highly involved in extracurricular activities, such as sports, that let the body deal with the stress in a natural way."

- Rudy Forsberg, Mount Healthy parent

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"I don't stress over tests much at all. I don't usually cram the night before the test. Mostly, I pay close attention in class, read over the notes I took that night and frequently throughout the week to familiarize myself with the material.

"Then, the night before the test, I quiz myself and find that I actually know the material for the most part."

- Aimee Glindmeyer, 14, freshman, Harrison High School

"I have a son who has a learning disability, and these tests (fourth-grade grade proficiency, fifth-grade Terra Nova and sixth-grade proficiency) really stress him out. The day before the fourth-grade proficiency, he actually vomited because he was so stressed out. This past spring, about a month before the sixth-grade proficiency, he started getting stressed about the test. ... This year, I simply pointed out to him that this is not a 'high-stakes' test and we just wanted him to do his best. This really helped, and he went into the tests relaxed and confident."

- Linda McWilliams, Sycamore parent

"I do get stressed, especially when I take proficiency tests because they are big and important tests. And the teachers expect me to do well on them. Every time I have to take these tests, I get stomach cramps. I chew on mints or gum while taking the tests if the teacher allows it."

- Jeremy Thaler, 13, eighth-grader, Ross Middle School

"I usually stress over math tests the most. I stress because I'm really poor in that department and, no matter how hard I try, I never do as well as I want. I usually can't sleep, and I'll stay up real late trying to study extra because I'm worried I'll forget the test material. (Before tests) I take deep breaths and say a little prayer."

Allison Simmons, 17, junior, Cincinnati Christian School




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