Western Campus students participate in math-test anxiety study
October 30, 2017
Sunday’s issue of The Plain Dealer featured a front-page story about Cuyahoga Community College students and their participation in a national study examining math-test anxiety.
Monday, Channel 5 aired a story on the study.
Math is a source of anxiety and stress for countless students at all levels of schooling, and that anxiety can easily become magnified on test day, when grades are at stake. That’s why researchers are conducting a study to assess the nature of math-test anxiety, with help from students at Tri-C’s Western Campus.
A 270-student cohort enrolled in Western Campus algebra courses is submitting saliva samples throughout the fall semester. The samples, taken just prior to math tests, will be analyzed for cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal glands as a response to stress.
With data from the study, researchers hope to find new ways to help students combat math anxiety, improving their performance in math courses.