Exam Stress?: No Worries!
January 2010, Wrightbooks
Each year millions of high school and college students sit down
to the make-or-break SAT or final exams. And while the content of a
course may not be impossible to master, for many, the stress
surrounding an exam often is. In Exam Stress? No Worries!
trained psychologist Su Dorland gives frazzled students insights
into the causes of exam anxiety, why some people get anxious
about exams and why others don’t, steps for coping with
the two Ps (perfectionism and procrastination), and ways to finally
free oneself from exam stress.
• Includes a free CD with centering exercises, visualization techniques, and relaxation tracks
• Offers advice for students mixing work or other commitments with study, as well as off-campus students, mature students, international students, or students from migrant worker families
An important guide not simply for test-takers but anyone facing
a stressful situation⎯such as a job interview, a driving
test, or a public speaking engagement⎯Exam Stress? No
Worries! offers the key to making stress manageable.
Preface: is this book for you?
Part I: why do some people get anxious and not others?
1 Why exams can make students anxious.
2 Why students have different responses to exams.
Part II: why do I get anxious about exams?
3 Discovering the causes of your exam anxiety.
Part III: how do I get rid of my exam anxiety?
4 How to change your internal bodily experiences.
5 How to change your behaviour.
6 How to change your beliefs and feelings.
7 How to change your memories and fantasies.
Part IV: how do I cope with the two big Ps?
8 Coping with perfectionism.
9 Stop procrastinating!
Part V: but I don’t feel like a ‘typical’ student!
10 Special hints for students mixing work or other commitments and study.
11 Special hints for off-campus students.
12 Special hints for mature-age students.
13 Special hints for international students.
14 Special hints for students who have migrated to Australia or who come from migrant families.
Part VI: my exams have arrived!
15 Final advice.