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Is Maths Anxiety Real? *adapted from http://study.com/academy/lesson/causes-effects-of-math-anxiety.html *

*Does just hearing the word 'maths' make your heart race and your palms sweaty?*

*Does maths anxiety exists.*

*Many scientists believe maths anxiety is a very real condition. It can be defined as emotion including stress and tension that interfere with a student's ability to solve maths problem*

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**Causes of Maths Anxiety**

*Test anxiety is the impending feeling that you will or are failing an exam, and often leads to poor results*

*Maths classes often exacerbate this condition because students sit a lot of tests during the year.*

*Causes for anxiety include:*

**Prior maths experiences**- Anxiety is often cumulative, and pupils may look back at a frustrating experience learning maths or even from parents**Timed tests**- Maths tests tend to put a lot of material into little time, and this perceived pressure can lead to further emotional and physical stress.**Risk of public embarrassment**- Who doesn't cringe at the thought of being publicly embarrassed?

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This PDF has strategies that you could use in class to help guide students in revision and exam taking

Revision can be more effective when done in short bursts of a longer period of time and help reduce aanxiety.

The following 3 activities can be found on this blendspace (you may have to sign in to TES to see)

- Linear graph Treasure Hunt
- Quadratic graph Treasure hunt
- Evaluate algebraic expressions : Always sometimes Never

**Transum.org activities**

- Transum.org Algebra matching Algebra Choice Expanding and Factorising
- Solving Equations : starts at Level 1 and goes to Level 5 (not NZC levels)
- Algebra in action, lots of short word problems at different levels

**From Don Steward's blog, Median, to help clarify common algebraic misconceptions**