These are some of the little things I do in order to help me on a test.
- I study the material.
- For classes that involve me knowing terms, I create a study guide based on what my professor provides. Creating a study guide is a learning experience in itself. Do everything not automatically but actively. Flashcards are also a really helpful tool. However, using the computer to put everything together is a much faster way.
- For math, I practice homework problems and anything else I can get my hands on, which includes problems from class and worksheets.
- It’s one of the big main pieces of advice; Eat a healthy breakfast. I try my best to, but I usually end up drinking coffee with a toast to make sure I’m alert and awake and not half-asleep. I’m usually quite nervous the morning of the test (no matter how much I know the information), so I can’t think of eating.
- Sleep by 10 p.m, which gives me a decent amount of sleep.
- Morning of the test I go over the material and ask professor any questions I have (which also means I come to class about 20 minutes early). This helps me keep all the information I lost over night. I can tell you that this has saved me many times. During the test there were plenty of moments of “Oh, I read this 20 minutes ago”.
- When I get my test paper, I quickly go over the questions to see how much of it I know. Then I take a deep breath and…
THINGS THAT ARE NON-STUDY
- I send a quick prayer. I don’t really know why but it has always helped me. I feel calmer and it allows me to put my best work in. It puts me in a mindset of “I know what I know and the rest is now not in my power.”
- I draw a sigil on the top of my paper or scantron. I created a sigil specifically for tests. I quickly charge the sigil by putting my finger on top of the sigil and activating by releasing my intent.
- Then I send a thanks and start my test.
After the test
- Before I turn it in, I go over the answers about twice with the remaining time that I have left. After making sure I made no mistakes, I turn it in.
- Relief and anxiety tend to wash over me after I’m done. I find myself thinking how well I did on the test and being impatient to receive my test grade. However, I remind myself that there is nothing much I can do now except wait.
- So I finally relax.