I have tried everything from writing my notes in different colors for each class, note cards, talking about my subjects in conversations, and recording my lectures. None of these things have helped and I think it's more that I get a lot of test anxiety. I go in knowing the information and as soon as I sit down to take a test I blank.
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I would approach my professors and explain the situation just as you have here, "fear is the mind killer" - Dune.
At TAMU, the Student Counseling Services dept had a program where anyone with diagnosed ADD could request a separate testing facility where they tested alone and in silence so that their distractability wouldn't reflect negatively on their test performance.
perhaps you could call the TAMU counseling services and ask their advice (979) 845-4427.
I am neither a counselor nor a psychiatrist but were I you, I would approach my teachers and request to test early or at the same time in a separate room and see if this relieved some of that mental blanking from stress.
Firstly, do what I do. Don't think about the test (except for studying) until 5 minutes before it begins. After studying each day have a moment to relax and I mean relax.
My second suggestion would be to take ADD pills. Ask a doctor.
My son actually had add growing up, I believe that we all have it to one measure, and believe it has always existed. Everyone learns differently. I have done extensive research on the topic and used many of the things along the way and my son is now a very successful man. Most people with learning differences have what we call a photographic memory, this can come in handy in all aspects of life. First and foremost believe in yourself ,and take a deep breath if you have been labeled as add you are smarter than the general public, this means you can multitask better than others, you just need to get a grip and focus as most people with ADD can learn just about anything, and can think outside the box much better than most and you can learn better by using all of the learning styles. Make sure that you speak with your professors and let them know that you need longer times for tests and exams. This will help a great deal with your test anxiety as you will not be timed like everyone else. Most of all learn to be your own advocate, and speak up when you need something explained in a different way.
I have worked with students withh ADD before. If you are working with a textbook the best way to study is to write all of the words at the beginning of the chapter on note cards, then go through the chapter and write on note cards any other words you find in Bold print or italics.
The next step is to go through the chapter and find the words. Read the definition in the context of the Chapter, if you need more clarification go to the glossary.
Next step is to answer all of the questions at the end of the section and answer all of the questions at the end of the chapter. The answers will be on the note cards you have written.
This should be done before you start a section. This way you do not have to worry about taking notes and you can just listen. If there is something that you do not remember from your note cards, you can write that down.
Before any of this will work you need to conference with the professor and see if you can get a detailed syllabus so you know what to expect..
Hope this helps.