The Oral Exam Review: A Collaborative Strategy to Decrease Students’ Test Anxiety and to Increase Learning Exams create a climate of anxiety for both undergraduate and graduate students (Young, 2003). Surprisingly, the traditional class review of material and review questions seem to do little to reduce the anxiety. My observations of students’ behavior indicate two categories of test takers: (a) overachievers and (b) crammers. Overachievers ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2006
The Oral Exam Review: A Collaborative Strategy to Decrease Students’ Test Anxiety and to Increase Learning
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  • Eva Jackson Hester
    Towson University, Towson, MD
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Article   |   October 01, 2006
The Oral Exam Review: A Collaborative Strategy to Decrease Students’ Test Anxiety and to Increase Learning
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2006, Vol. 9, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ihe9.2.3
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2006, Vol. 9, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ihe9.2.3
Exams create a climate of anxiety for both undergraduate and graduate students (Young, 2003). Surprisingly, the traditional class review of material and review questions seem to do little to reduce the anxiety. My observations of students’ behavior indicate two categories of test takers: (a) overachievers and (b) crammers. Overachievers are students who never seem to give themselves credit for the abundance of knowledge that they have acquired, even though they have completed reading assignments and studied prior to the exam. Crammers are students who really do not read ahead and often look at their notes and textbook a day or so before the exam. While the students differ in their study habits, there is similar anxiety displayed by both groups. Strategies to reduce students’ test anxiety may help to reduce stress-induced student behaviors prior to the exam, such as panicky calls, e-mails, and last-minute questions minutes before the exam.
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