Episode 78 | Conquering Test Anxiety w/ Wallace Panlilio II, Ph.D & Artyom Zinchenko, PhD

Season #2

In this episode, titled "Conquering Test Anxiety," we have two extraordinary guests joining us. First up is Dr. Wallace Panlilio II, an educational psychologist, headmaster of 14 years, and chief mentor officer who has witnessed firsthand the benefits of moving away from traditional testing methods in favor of project-based assessments. Alongside him is cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Artyom Zinchenko, whose expertise enriches our conversation on the need for a profound understanding of material and providing strategies to ease the test-taking jitters, particularly for our female students.

As someone who's struggled with test-taking himself, Roberto will be teasing out insights on how technology — from online assessments to remote learning — is playing a dual role in shaping student anxiety. Dr. Panlilio delves into the advantages of tech familiarity, balanced against the downside of technical issues and excessive screen time. Meanwhile, Dr. Zinchenko sheds light on the power of preparation, and we'll discuss his and Dr. Panlilio’s collaborative work on the book "Wisest Learners," which embraces a holistic approach to raising lifelong learners.

We'll explore how every stakeholder in education can contribute to a comprehensive understanding and mitigation of test anxiety. And, we'll hear our guests' heartfelt desire to have meaningful conversations with figures from their past and present, which echo our theme of making a genuine impact on the lives of others.

Grab your headphones, find a comfy chair, and join us or an episode packed with strategies, personal insights, and valuable resources aimed at transforming the educational experience. Welcome to Our Classroom!


Dr. Wallace Panlilio II, Ph.D., is an experienced educator and entrepreneur. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of the Philippines and has served as a school headmaster for 14 years. He also holds two master's degrees in entrepreneurship and educational leadership and has studied economics and political science at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Wallace is currently the Chief Mentor Officer of Digital Ventures Pte. Ltd., an AI solutions and publishing company. He also played a pivotal role in co-founding several pioneering educational institutions that have provided education to tens of thousands of students over the last decade.

Artyom Zinchenko, PhD, is an accomplished author and cognitive neuroscientist with extensive experience in the field. He earned his Doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive Human and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, where his research focused on emotions and cognitive conflict processing.

Dr. Zinchenko is now a researcher and faculty member at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, where his research interests include cognition-emotion interaction and long-term memory guided attention during visual search. He uses various neurophysiological methods to support his research, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography, skin-conductance, eye-tracking, and combined EEG-fMRI methodology.