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Writing About Worries Eases Anxiety and Improves Test Performance
January 13, 2011
Students can combat test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately before an exam begins, according to a University of Chicago study published Friday in the journal Science. Researchers found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their high-stakes test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given 10 minutes to write about what was causing them fear.
University of Chicago
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