Disabilities, text anxiety, academic expectations, etc... There are many challenges that can get in the way of learning.
The key is to find strategies that work to alleviate or lessen these challenges.
- Test anxiety is normal; it’s a signal that you need to study. For some people, however, it can be excessive.
- If you know tests give you excessive anxiety, speak to a guidance counselor or a teacher well before you start writing tests. They may be able to provide you with strategies to manage the anxiety you feel.
- Learn to manage your anxiety, don’t avoid writing tests as avoidance can make the anxiety worse.
- Learning disabilities or learning differences affect many students. Using strategies and/or technology to assist in your learning can help.
- Most universities and colleges have Student Services departments that work with students to provide advice and support. This can include providing audio books, note taking services, and speech to text software. If this is your situation, make an appointment early in the year - don’t wait until there is a learning crisis to act.