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Using a Positive Attitude to Pass Tests and Overcome Anxiety

As adult learners, our beliefs and attitudes have been shaped over a long period of time. We have developed certain self-perceptions. It is not easy to change these attitudes. But, as Scrooge found out in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, it's not too late to change the future. There are certain steps you can take to modify your attitudes about learning and test taking.

Basically, these steps most logically begin with Chapter 1 of this book. This section on attitude is near the end of the book by design. If you put into practice the techniques and ideas presented in the earlier chapters, you will be moving in the right direction to change your attitude.

First of all, you must recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. Lead with your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses and you can improve your self-perceptions and attitudes. By renewing your enthusiasm for learning and awareness of various learning skills, your attitude will be enthusiastic -- it will be positive.

Effective Learning = Enthusiasm + Attitude + Skills

Improving reading, listening, writing and math skills will make you feel good about yourself. Improvement in these skills should contribute to more learning successes and, if tests are involved, you should perform better. If you now have a better understanding of potential test material because you write better notes or are a better listener, you should consequently do better on exams. You can slowly divorce yourself from those negative images that were planted in your mind by the system.