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Peer Counseling as a Strategy to Overcome Test Anxiety
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Volume 3, 2016
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Shirley D. Frigillano, Faculty of Education Department, Iloilo Science and Technology University Miagao Campus, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines.
Ma. Lulu L. Loyola, Faculty of Guidance and Counseling Department, West Visayas State University, Lapaz, Iloilo City, Philippines.
This investigation attempted to determine the effectiveness of peer counseling as a technique in overcoming the students’ test anxiety. The participants of this action research were the thirty (30) first year Information Technology students of Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines. They were counseled by their peers on how to overcome their test anxiety. A lecture on peer counseling and overcoming test anxiety was conducted among the participants. A researcher-made instrument was used to rate the students’ pre-intervention and post-intervention test anxiety level. The 50-item test includes common thoughts and worries that students experience before, during, and after the test. To describe the pre- and post-intervention performance of the students, means and standard deviations were computed. The significance of the difference in this investigation was determined using the t-test for dependent samples. Results showed that the participants had the average level of test anxiety prior to and after peer counseling intervention. As to sex, both the male and female respondents had the average level of test anxiety before and after peer counseling intervention. A significant difference was noted between the pre - and post intervention test anxiety level of the participants when taken as a whole. Similarly, a significant difference existed between the pre-and-post intervention test anxiety level of both the male and female participants.
Peer Counseling, Strategy, Overcome, Test Anxiety
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