Stressed For Tests? Have no fear…

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Hey, Stylish Stylists!

I’m sorry that this post is a little late! I did not have the time to work on it over the weekend. Hopefully, this post will help make up for it!

It is the month of May, and exams are starting. Most tests are in June, but some are taken in May (such as Advanced Placement courses and so on). Realizing a final is coming up can seem like no big problem until a few days before, and usually that is when the stress, lack of sleep, and downward spiral to fear happens.

THIS POST SHOULD HELP YOU AVOID THAT DOWNWARD SPIRAL!

Because exams are all over the place, I decided to chunk this down into notes of things you should do before, during, and after the test. I highly recommend studying weeks in advance, but even if you haven’t yet and your test is tomorrow, hopefully this can help you achieve success even if you feel like it is too late to help yourself.

BEFORE THE TEST

  • Prepare Yourself: Study by yourself, with friends, ask questions, and get a good idea of what you need to know
  • Rest Your Mind: At least two full nights before the test, relax, get to bed early, and eat well.
  • Memorize Key Details: Formulas, key causes, and other important details should be memorized asap!
  • Build Up Your Confidence: Do whatever it takes to convince yourself that you are feeling good about the test.
  • Do Some Research: Learn as much as you can about the test and practice as much as you can!

DURING THE TEST

  • Relax! You know what you know, and stressing now will only make matters worse. Take a deep breath and try!
  • If you are allowed, bring in gum, Kleenex, a water bottle, and extra supplies so you aren’t distracted.
  • Go to the bathroom ahead of time and during any breaks you may have to avoid loosing time during the test.
  • Read everything VERY carefully! Avoid little mistakes that are usually made when details are left out.
  • If you don’t know what the test is asking for, ask whoever is in charge of prompting the test.
  • No need to rush…being accurate is more important, so if you don’t know something, go back later for it.
  • If you finish early, go over your answers and make sure you did your best.

AFTER THE TEST

  • Hopefully, you should feel relieved that it’s just finally over. It may be easy to evaluate, but the best thing to do is just move on. Believe in the fact that you tried your best and no matter what the outcome is, you did it.
  • Avoid talking to friends about it. Sometimes they may feel really bad, or really good, but it is important that you are not comparing how you think you did verses your friends. Just move on.
  • When you get your test grade back, evaluate everything from what you think you did right to what you think you did wrong so that in the future, you know how to improve. Remember always that you did your best. That’s what really matters!

I hope this helps you! Testing season is not a fun time, but summer is right around the corner. If you feel nervous about a test, remember that you learned a TON OF STUFF all year long, and as long as you did well and payed attention, all the hard work will pay off in the end.

What test-taking tips do you use? Comment them below!

Good Luck!

Sarah <3

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