The Math Exams Anxiety Demon
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As with any other subject, lack of preparation can cause the anxiety demon to grow to totally
unmanageable size that makes passing the math exam seemingly impossible.
However, if you have a foundation in the area of math in which you are being tested, using
relaxation techniques before and during the math exam can make the anxiety demon shrink to manageable size.
A common myth expounded by many who have a solid language foundation is that math has a special
block that prevents some people from mastering math or even from developing a passing knowledge of math sufficient
to quieten the test anxiety demons that cause many students to fail even though, they claim, they were proficient
in the area being tested.
If math is approached as any other subject with the exception that numbers are substituted for
words, the anxiety caused by math can be managed. As with any other learning task, the more practice one takes, the
more proficient one becomes.
Even if test anxiety is part of your behavioral profile, proficiency and practice in the area you
are being tested in will allow you to relieve your anxiety, pass your exam and go on to other tasks.
Taking math as just another subject, much like reading or geography, will help you to chase away the
math demons that are in some cases environmental much like saying that boys are better in math than girls.
The stereotyping of math has give the subject a fearful demeanor that can be traced to environmental
or to societal beliefs that indoctrinate children who are, after all,affected by the beliefs of their peers and of
those adults who influence their thinking.
Learning to overcome math anxiety by doing homework, reading your math book, working out problems
and spending time on the subject will give the child less time to fear the math exam since he or she will be more
focused on solving the problems given on the math exam.
Learning to focus on solving problems leaves little room for anxiety demons that feed on lack of
confidence caused by personality expectations of others and/or by lack of preparation and adequate practice.
The math exams anxiety demon can be controlled if it even comes by with learned focus on the task at
hand. Thinking of completing the math exam rather than worry about being able to pass a math exam will make the
child less fearful of math exams.
Accepting the challenge of math exams as a student of math who has prepared adequately for the exam
will make the mounting anxiety that appears like a demon in a student's mind less likely to happen.
The normal anxiety will be felt but the knowledge that one has the necessary math knowledge to
handle the exam will turn the normal anxiety into useful energy that will soon have the student completing his math
exam with no demon in sight or in mind.
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