I wouldn’t consider myself a super shy person at this point in my life, but when I was in high school, I had a lot of social anxiety. The worst part was that I didn’t even know what social anxiety was until I had already graduated high school and moved on to college. You know that nervous feeling you get when your heart races and your hands get all sweaty when you have to answer a question in class? Or that shaking feeling you get when you are about to present a project in front of everyone? You feel everyone’s eyes on you and you suddenly feel the need to throw up? That’s called social anxiety, and it’s very real. It’s also very common, so know that you’re not alone. It can feel really awful when everyone is paying attention to you, but the good news is that there are ways to help overcome your anxiety when it comes to talking in class.
It can be embarrassing to admit that you get nervous talking in class, but you’d be surprised to learn that it happens to so many people. Being shy and nervous in class is not something you can just quickly get over, but it’s something you can totally work on. I know it feels like you will never be able to get over your fear of speaking in class, which might lead you to skip class, which, I have to admit, I totally did in high school. But you should definitely NOT skip class due to your shyness! Instead, take a look at some super easy tips that will help you next time you have to speak in front of your class. You’ve got this!
Practice What You're Going To Say In Your HeadKnow what you're going to say before you say it. This way, you will be prepared to speak and will have no time to be nervous about it. If your teacher asks a question and you totally know the answer, raise your hand, girl! Be confident in yourself. Even if you get something wrong, it's okay! School is for learning and you'll never learn if you don't try. Image Source: iStock
Don't Practice Speaking In Front Of A MirrorContrary to what my dad used to tell me, you definitely should not try and practice speaking in front of a mirror. It will only make you more self conscious and critique yourself, and that's not how you want to feel when you are talking in front of your class! Instead, practice speaking in front of your friends or siblings. Image Source: iStock
Remember That Everyone Gets NervousEverybody goes to school, and it's normal to feel nervous in class. You are totally not alone! Everyone is in it together, and school shouldn't be a competition. Take deep breaths and remember that other people are also feeling the same nerves, and they will all get through it too! Image Source: iStock
Meet With Your TeacherThis sounds like the LAST thing you want to do, but trust me: teachers can be a lot more understanding that you would think. If you go talk to your teacher before class and let them know that you are shy and you get pretty nervous when speaking in front of other students, they will want to help you out. After all, they are there to teach you, not embarrass you! Maybe they will call on you less, or even help you prepare for a presentation. Image Source: iStock
Talk SlowlyI know that whenever I would talk in front of my class, I would speak so fast and stumble on my words. It's okay to take your time, even if you're just answering a question or commenting on something. Pronunciation every word so you are less likely to mess up. You've got this! Image Source: iStock
Sit In The Front Of The ClassIf you get to shy to raise your hand and answer a question, even if you know the answer, try sitting in the front of the class. This way, you won't be intimidated by the entire room of students who turn around to look at you when you want to speak in class. Plus, you'll be closer to the teacher, which will show that you're really ready to learn. Image Source: iStock
Focus On A Friend When Talking In Front Of The ClassThis seems weird, but I swear it works: whenever I was talking in front of my class, I would pretend I was just having a conversation with a friend sitting at their desk. It makes it so much easier when you are talking to someone you are comfortable with. Plus, you'll help them pay extra close attention! Image Source: iStock
Are you a super shy girl? Did any of these tips help? Tell us in the comments!