HFCC hosts test anxiety seminar in Oct., Nov.

DEARBORN – Henry Ford Community College will host a free “Stop Test Anxiety” seminar from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12 in Room LRC 117 of the Liberal Arts Building, on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

The seminar aims to eliminate worry and panic, blanking out, physical discomforts and erasing correct answers, as well as improve grades, attitude, confidence and concentration during tests. In addition to tests, the seminar also focuses on a student’s performance in mathematics, speeches, labs and impromptus.

Students will be taught self-hypnosis. This seminar will be coordinated by John Carroll, a counselor at HFCC and licensed hypnotherapist.

To obtain the maximum benefit from this seminar, it is imperative that students attend every session. They will not be allowed to come to the second or third session without having attended the first session.

Test anxiety is an abnormal reaction to a performance situation that interferes with the outcome. In this case, the performance happens to be the test. The emotional reaction could occur long before the test, during the test or even after the test.

Some of the physical and mental symptoms associated with test anxiety include sweating, headaches, disorganization, lack of concentration, confusion and mental blocks. Some of the emotional symptoms associated with test anxiety include fear of failure, fear of success, worry and panic.

Test anxiety needs to be attacked on two levels. The first level is using the conscious part of your brain to address the anxiety. Consequently, students will study hard, get a good night’s rest, eat and drink healthy, and understand the test dynamics. These behaviors are familiar.

In the seminar, students use a post-hypnotic suggestion whenever studying, attending class, and while taking tests. This post-hypnotic suggestion allows a student to perform anxiety free, no matter whether it’s part of learning in the classroom or at home studying or while taking a test.

To register for the seminar, go to www.hfcc.edu/campus_life/counseling/stop-test-anxiety/default.asp. Read everything connected to test anxiety. In the appointment section, complete the stop test anxiety treatment form online.

For further information, call Carroll at 313-845-9753.

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