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School of Aeronautics


Aviation: Commercial


peer mentoring, test anxiety, collegiate aeronautics, flight training, aircraft maintenance


Aviation and Space Education


An integrative review was conducted to lay the foundation for further research focusing on the use of peer mentoring as a tool to reduce the anxiety pilots and mechanics feel for their oral and practical exams to increase student safety and performance. Research on performance anxiety in competitive sports, music performance anxiety, and academic test anxiety showed how anxiety levels relate to athlete and student performance. Feedback surveys from peer mentoring programs identified increased self-efficacy, increased student retention, and a better understanding of the applicable examination as possible benefits of such mentoring programs. I determined the proposed research question was the wrong question to ask, as an anxiety reduction may not correlate to increased performance but increased self-efficacy and student retention aid in aeronautics school’s purpose to train competent and safe pilots and mechanics.