Tests, essays, exams, and classes
So much to do!
A never-ending barrage of stress
There is an answer to your agitation
And you’ll discover the skills in one of the Accessibility Service’s creations!
Tis the season to be stressed! Exams and essays are upon us, and all of us are probably freaking out. But, if you are a student with a disability, that freaking out might be more than the average person. That’s why Accessibility Services has great workshops and services that target these issues head on for students with disabilities.
One such workshop is on time management and exam anxiety. A student I know, who happens to have a disability, told me that trying to get things in on time is like trying to run a marathon with an extra set of weights attached to them. Meanwhile they see regular students whiz by, without the metaphorical weight of a disability, getting work done. The workshop not only offered skills on how to maximize the time you have, but it teaches you how to understand how your disability impacts time. So, if you have an anxiety issue, you will learn strategies on diffusing that anxiety so you can work with, rather than repress, the issue.
The workshop also offers strategies for managing test anxiety. I have yet to meet a person, with a disability or not, that said taking a test was a pleasant experience. I have a theory that taking a test is like getting a needle – you are nervous before, during and after the test. You want to just get it over with, just like getting that test over with! This workshop looks at the 3 stages I just mentioned, and explores how to manage that anxiety. One is breathing. Yes, inhale, exhale and repeat. This helps your body slow that fear that is pumping through your veins. I’ve even tried this strategy, and instead of walking into my test shaking like its 20 below, I was calm.
So, what’s the moral of the story? If you have a disability learning these strategies won’t cure your test fear or make you hand things in on time all the time, but it will help you improve so you can perform to the best of your ability. Accessibility Services also offers students the service of Learning Strategists, because workshops don’t run all the time. Basically, you meet with a strategist who will help you develop the skills to manage time, or any issue, one on one.
Accessibility Services is planning on running a workshop in early January, and it will be posted on their website. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with a learning strategist any time.