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My Fear of Public Speaking

Signature:baed3687aecc9fc02b05e033f52ab04b5ac34144c6f0702c4e0cfe36f9d34041Throughout my school years, I was never the type of person who enjoyed getting up in front of the class and presenting a paper or poster for a project. Even reading a paragraph in a book out loud in class was nerve wracking.

I can remember when we had to do “popcorn” in class, which was when you would read as much as you wanted out loud and then call on a classmate to pick up where you left off. Any time someone called on me, I would read a word or just one sentence then call popcorn. Oh, and at the beginning of new classes, teachers would ask us to tell them one thing about themselves they would like the teacher to know. I always put down “I do not like to speak publicly.”  The reason why I dread it so much is because I shake, my face gets super red, which is completely noticeable because I’m so pale, and I have a stuttering problem as well.  All those things combined are just a recipe for disaster.

The funny thing about all of this is that, for those who know me well, my true personality is outgoing and bubbly.  Others may think public speaking would be easy for me, but unfortunately it’s not.

Being in college now, they expect it often from all students. Recently, I had a mishap of trying to present my paper in front of my class. Let’s just say I was told to sit down — embarrassing much? It’s a constant battle because I do try to hide from it. If presentation were removed from the curriculum I would be a happy girl!

So, for those who also struggle with glossophobia – the term for fear of public speaking — trust me when I tell you that you’re not the only one! Just don’t ask me to tell you in front of the whole class, ok?

Studying tips

Finals are on the horizon and you want to get the best grade possible, but you find it hard to avoid distractions and can’t seem to get the jist of studying in general. Ass students, myself included, find studying for exams somewhat difficult at times. So since I am a nice person, I will provide my readers with the 10 steps I take while I study, so that you too can receive an A on your next test!

1. Take really good notes: May sound vague, but what I’m trying to say is that the better your notes are the better chance you have on studying the right material.

2. Participate in class: One great way to receive extra points from your teacher, and get on the right track if you are confused about a topic, is to raise that hand of yours and have the teacher explain it more. Asking for clarification of a topic is always a good idea.

3. Highlight major topics in your textbook: This will help you to remember what your teacher said was important and what you should review for the test. (Remember: you should only do this if you OWN your textbook, not if you are renting it or borrowed it.)

4. Organize a study group with students in your class: Bringing a team effort to your study hours is also a great way to figure out if you’ve missed anything and to learn from others who understand the material more clearly than you do. smaller-studying

5. Switch up your study spots: Continuing to study in one spot can be boring and make you want to get up and leave. Pick a new spot every hour, but make sure it’s quiet so you won’t get distracted.

6. Never pull an all-nighter: Cramming can give you anxiety which causes you to retain less information.

7. Begin to study 1 month before the test: This will give you more than enough time to understand the material and ask questions if needed.

8. Eat a snack: We should all eat healthier in general, but leading up to a test is a time to pack on the high fiber, fruits and vegetables. They will be the best for your performance.

9. Exercise: Slipping in some cardio will do the brain some good. Engaging in 20 minutes of activities that will get your heart pumping can improve your memory. Take a walk around your block or up-and-down the stairs to get some fresh air and a simple workout.

10. Get a good night sleep: 8 hours a night is what all of us should be getting, but for those of us who have a test coming up, that 8 hours will give you the energy to stay focused!