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Reducing Anxiety for Optimal Performance By: Dixon Rexach Toro

On Thursday, February 9th, from 4 to 5 pm in room M234, in the Paterson Campus, Director of The Center of Wellness, Student Advocacy, and Prevention Lia Rowe along with Vice President of Strategic Planning Professor Gaulden, math teacher Professor Fleming, Dean of mathematics and technology Dr. Rabelo hosted the “Reduce Your Math Test Anxiety” Workshop, which provides insight into effective mathematical computation and stress reduction. 


In this workshop, STEM students and alike watched the hosts speak about techniques to reduce anxiety related to post-test burnout and effective ways to induce the relaxation response to increase their chances of academic achievement in mathematics. 


Each staff member was assigned sections of a PowerPoint presentation discussing their topic based on their respective career fields. Dr. Gaulden introduced the audience to “test anxiety”, its causes and effects, and a few examples as to how that might look like. Professor Fleming discussed any study tricks students can use and any psychological hacks to gain an upper hand on one’s situation. Dr. Rabelo goes over the importance of test-taking and effective ways to exceed in math. Mrs. Rowe introduced the audience to The Center of Wellness, Student Advocacy, and Prevention and the resources the center provides. 

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