Let’s say that you‘re a nurse who’s just graduated. You’ve just had your most recent EKG and passed your state certification exam. You get a call from your employer, asking you to come in right away to take a pre-assessment test. You’re completely unaware of what is taking place over your shoulder, but the receptionist seems to know. She tells you that there will probably be a couple of nurses working at the time that will be administering the actual exam the next day. So, naturally, you’re nervous and you begin to worry about failing.
You arrive on the day of the exam. As you’re walking toward the parking lot, you notice that there’s been a great deal of traffic on the road the whole morning. You head for the waiting area, where you’re greeted by a security guard. He explains to you that the parking lot will be closed to vehicle traffic the rest of the day, and that he has been instructed by his superior to keep the area clear. Since you don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of the day, you sit in the waiting area, unsure whether or not you’ll pass the exam.
While you’re waiting, you overhear conversations between other students. You overhear them talking about how their friends took the test the day before, and they want to know if they’ll be able to take it too. You also overhear some people telling you that they have friends who took the test the day before, and they’re going to try and cheat on it. These are definitely signs that you need to take care of your anxiety before you even start the course.
The worst feeling that you feel when taking an exam is when you’re not sure whether or not you’ve done it right. You can’t help but to imagine how others will feel if you do something wrong. While you might feel confident knowing that you’ve done all of your homework and study and taken all of the classes and passed all of your tests, the last thing that you want to do is to mess up. By taking the course, you’ll gain more confidence, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you’ve done well.
When you finally enter the class room, you’re going to be sweating bullets, and you might not feel like a tea expert at first. This is because you just spent a couple of hours in a classroom, filled with other students just like you, who also felt the same way as you did. This puts you in a similar place as many of the other students that took the course, and since you don’t know that much about tea, you’ll probably feel like a fish out of water.
One of the best ways to get over this is to focus on other students. If you notice that there’s a few students who are struggling, ask them if they’re having any problems with their tests. Tell them that you’re going to help them out, and that you feel that they’re going to do well. After all, the smartest students are usually the most motivated, and they should be eager to help others too. Be sure that you stay in contact with them throughout the semester though, and make sure that they keep up with their studies. You may feel like you’re going to feel useless at first, but that you’ll feel much better after you start to see positive progress.
Once you have some success, start getting some questions started on your own. While it’s always great to be able to do this independently, it’s especially beneficial if you’re afraid of taking tests. Find some books about the types of tea that you like, and spend the night doing some studying. Then you can go to the classroom and show the other students what you’ve learned. They will be more impressed by your efforts than anything, and they’ll be eager to help you with your final project.