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How do I deal with math exam anxieties?

How do I deal with math exam anxieties? Topic: How to teach problem solving
May 26, 2019 / By Georgina
Question: I normally have high standards and goals for myself and I push myself a lot. I don't hate math, but I have math exam anxieties where I freak out if I see a different form of a question that I already know how to solve and sometimes don't get an A on an exam when I should've gotten an A. I started with college algebra from community college, here now at a top class 4 year university. I only have ever gotten a B twice in all my math courses, counting from college algebra all the way up to linear algebra and etc. But I don't ace all my exams sometimes. Of the times when I don't get an A on exams, sometimes, it's because of exam anxieties where I freakout or panic. I don't cram, I study on regular basis, I know my stuff and I'm often teaching my friends or classmates. Get good enough grades to be offered with such positions as math tutors or math SI leader. But I sometimes don't perform well on the exams NOT because I don't know the material, but I freakout or getting flustered on a tricky question. How do I deal with it? I don't ever want another B in math ever.
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Deloris Deloris | 3 days ago
Have you tried going back to a question on an exam that flustered you to try and figure out what caused that? Can you perhaps see that it wasn't that different but just that you were scared about it? One thing may be that at the high school level, we are often given a set of things to learn and then we are tested exactly on those same concepts in exactly the same way. But in college you are actually asked to expand your solving techniques so you aren't just regurgitating the same things in the exact same way. In other words, you are asked to apply some additional thinking to come up with the solutions. This can be hard when you first encounter it, but it's a valuable skill to have. In real life, you aren't given problems to solve that always match one-to-one to some specific skill we've been taught. Perhaps it takes a little trial and error, or using multiple skills to accomplish something. And that's how you should perhaps approach learning in college. Think of the things you are learning as a set of tools. But think beyond just the one way you were taught to use the tool to see if you can expand the ways it can be used or combined with other tools.
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