How teachers can help students reduce test anxiety

educationdive | April 01, 2019

Michael Gaskell, principal of Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, New Jersey, shared with eSchool News four adaptable school strategies that can be used to help prepare students for high-stakes testing situations and reduce the anxiety associated with exam days or other stressful school situations.If the testing site is somewhere other than a student's classroom, it can help for them to visit the location beforehand to familiarize themselves with the surroundings. If there is time, a free writing activity or class discussion can help students air out their feelings and concerns in the hope that they understand such anxieties are common and understandable.A brief physical activity exercise — perhaps a short video prepared by the physical education department, for example — can be used before a test and during breaks to improve students' circulation and reduce test anxiety. Schools can also incorporate 3-minute meditation breaks, led by a teacher/proctor or by a prepared video, to encourage mindfulness.

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Gurobi Optimization | July 27, 2022

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University of Technology Sydney Gets Better Support and Security for Oracle Database by Switching to Rimini Street

rimini street | August 24, 2022

Rimini Street, Inc. a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced that the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has switched from Oracle to Rimini Street for improved support and security of its Oracle database and technology platforms. In doing so, the University has slashed wait times for support requests, enjoyed improved service quality and innovative, advanced security to protect its database and application middleware. Rimini Street is also helping the University manage through the ongoing IT skills shortage by reducing the amount of IT labor required for support and instead, allowing resources to focus on the rapid transition to hybrid learning. UTS is one of Australia’s leading universities, with around 45,000 students and 4,000 staff. 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Staff were preoccupied with keeping databases operating properly in a rapidly scaling up environment and had little time to focus on university initiatives to support growth and innovation. “Skilled staff are only getting more expensive to hire and retaining these employees just to work on support and operational tasks for our enterprise software is no longer sustainable,” said Brian Kelly, Head of IT Operations at UTS. “We’ve had to really maximize the resources we have to keep our IT services growing, improving and meeting the needs of the university.” In addition, as UTS increasingly moved towards a hybrid learning model for its students, and a remote working environment for its staff, cost, capability, supportability, and flexibility were key to guaranteeing robust and reliable IT services. The rapid move into the remote workspace also opened new avenues and risks for cybersecurity attacks and breaches. 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Zovio | August 02, 2022

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