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  • A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious students

    Supportive social media messages from online friends decreased the state anxiety of students with high test anxiety by 21 percent, University of Illinois computer science graduate student Robert Deloatch found in a new study. The paper, which is being published in the proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, was co-written by computer science professors Brian P. Bailey, Alex Kirlik and Craig Zilles.

    Supportive social media messages from online friends decreased the state anxiety of students with high test anxiety by 21 percent, University of Illinois computer science graduate student Robert Deloatch found in a new study. The paper, which is being published in the proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, was co-written by computer science professors Brian P. Bailey, Alex Kirlik and Craig Zilles.   

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  • Editor’s notes:  To reach Robert Deloatch, email deloatc2@illinois.edu

    The paper “I Need Your Encouragement! Requesting Supportive Comments on Social Media Reduces Test Anxiety” is available from the News Bureau