Anxiety (ANX)
Anxiety can be positive and it can be negative.  Positive anxiety can motivate a student to utilize as many campus resources as possible to maximize their chances at success.  Negative anxiety can make a student feel paralyzed and unable to concentrate on anything except failure. 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:  

  • Do you worry so much that it is hard for you to concentrate?
  • Are you easily discouraged about grades?
  • Do you have anxiety when taking tests?
  • Do you have performance anxiety due to familial pressures to “do well” in college?

Success in college depends on:

  • High anxiety associated with attending college and academic performance
  • The ways in which high anxiety may decrease effectiveness of studying

If you have problems with anxiety, you may want to:                                                     

  • Reduce anxiety in order to better focus
  • Learn techniques to better cope with worries

Students should review these online workshops:

  • Stress Management Series
  • Preparing for Final Exams & Test Preparation (if anxiety is related to test anxiety)
  • Preparing for Academic Success

Students may also use these campus resources:

  • Counseling Services 
  • Health Services 


Meditation is one of many relaxation techniques people use to relax before, during or after stressful situations.  Meditation, in the most basic explanation involves focusing on something unchanging (such as a spot on the wall) or something repetitive (such as repeating a word – a mantra).  When you realize your mind has wandered, merely return to repeating the word or the unchanging image. 

woman meditating

Health Services has a series of meditation workshops, free of charge for students. 


Imagery is another relaxation technique.  It can be guided or unguided.  When guided, someone else determines which image you should keep in mind when trying to relax.  When unguided, you decide what image would be relaxing.  If possible, it is best to choose your own image since you have a better idea of what you find relaxing than does someone else.  Some images people generally find relaxing are sunshine warming the body, a day at the beach, a rippling lake, a walk in the woods, the surf rolling on the shore, birds flying through the air, a carpeted room warmed by a fire, and a sailboat floating on the water.


link to imagery

Reducing Test Anxiety

Reducing Your Test Anxiety


  • Plan what you will need to study
  • Plan when you will study
  • Plan to study the material over several days


  • Study in a well lit area at the same time each day.
  • Study in an area free from distraction.
  • Study extra sources if possible to enhance your understanding


  • Don’t over-study.  Take a break from studying, watch a movie, take a walk, etc.
  • Don’t study up to the last minute.  You will stress yourself and confuse yourself if you try to cram a lot of information into a small amount of time.
  • Don’t wait until the day before the test to ask for help from your instructor or tutor.  If you are confused about a concept, ask for help right away.
  • Don’t rush through the test.  You may skip a step or skip a question.


  • Do get enough sleep
  • Eat a starch, a fruit, and not too much sugar before an exam, according to nutritionists.
  • Do get to the test site early
  • Do bring extra pencils or pens
  • Do have a backup calculator or backup batteries
  • Do bring a watch to keep track of how much time you have and to pace yourself.
  • Take a deep breath
  • Take your time and pace yourself.
  • Work methodically through the test by answering all the questions you are sure of first, then going back to the others in the time you have left.
  • Make sure that you have an answer for each question.