Regulating your breathing can have a very calming effect and would be an easy pre-test ritual to start in your classroom. There are a variety of methods, but you could try deep breathing or the 4-7-8 breath. For deep breathing, breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. Slowly exhale as you count to ten. To practice the 4-7-8 breath, inhale through your nose as you count to four, hold your breath for seven counts, and exhale through your mouth for eight. Teaching students these breathing techniques may help calm their jitters before the start of a big test.
Helping Students Cope with Test Anxiety
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