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Tips For Test Taking
October 18, 2017
Exams can cause a lot of stress for students. Here are some tips to get you through that class period.
Exams are a part of college, but most probably wouldn’t consider them enjoyable. Here are three pieces of advice for before, during, and after a test that will help you stress less.
1. Avoid caffeine.
While it may be tempting to load up on coffee or energy drinks before taking a test, (especially if it’s a morning class) try to skip this step. Usually the anxiety and adrenaline of having to take a test will be enough to keep you awake. If you are chugging the caffeine five minutes before your test, it won’t actually kick in till a bit later anyway, causing you to possibly get super jittery in the middle of the class period. This will not help you to keep your focus at all.
2. Get some sleep.
This one is kind of common sense, but make sure that you DON’T pick the night before an exam to stay up all night to binge a show. Running on little sleep won’t help you to focus on anything but how tired you are. You will be able to better recall everything that you studied if you are well-rested.
3. Don’t cram.
Waiting to study until the night before for an important test is just a bad idea. You won’t remember it all, and chances are what you do remember you won’t retain very well after the test. Instead, try to gradually begin reviewing your class notes and homework two weeks or so before the test date. Repetition is a really effective study method, so try to read through your review guide and old work once a day leading up to the big day.
1. Ignore others.
Pretend that you are the only person in the room during an exam. Don’t pay attention to the kid trying to check his phone. Ignore the guy who can’t stop coughing. Don’t worry about how many people finished before you. It is so easy to allow ourselves to get distracted while taking a test, which hinders our focus on the material.
2. Dress in layers.
Some classrooms are always freezing cold. Some are known for always being just warm enough to be uncomfortable. It’s really hard to allow your brain to work at its best when your body is focused on what the temperature is. Fix this by dressing in layers. Wear short sleeves and throw on a flannel or hoodie that will keep you warm if needed, and can be taken off for hotter classrooms.
3. Focus your mind.
It’s easy to let your mind wander. Commit to keeping your mind only on the test material. Don’t allow yourself to stop and figure out what you’re doing for lunch, or think about when your next work shift is. Keeping your mind firmly fixed on your exam will allow you to recall information better and keep a steady stream of related content going through your mind.
1. Forget about it for a while.
You’ve finished taking your test. You’ve walked out of the classroom. Leave it there. After you take a test, it will take some time for your professor to grade them all and get them back to you. There’s not much you can do about your grade once you walk out the door. You did your best, and at this point it’s better to just go do something fun, relax a bit, and be thankful that you don’t have to study as hard tonight.
2. Note what you didn’t know.
An exam can actually be a really good indicator of what you still need to study. Take some time the next day or week to reflect on what questions you struggled with on your test. Is there a common theme? Maybe there is a concept that you are still not quite grasping. Exams can show you exactly what you need to review for the next quiz, or how you can better your study techniques.
3. Keep your exam.
If your professor hands back your graded exam to you, keep it. Exams are a really good study tool for future test or a final. First, it will give you an idea of how your professor formats his or her exams. Second, it lets you know what kind of content is the most important to know in the subject. Third, you can use it to review for the next test! Find the correct answers for the questions you got wrong, and file it away with the rest of your study materials.
Let these few things ease some of your worries about test day, and go forth and conquer that A!
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