I know that testing is emphasized quite a bit in today's education. I also know that not everyone loves taking tests! Some people get what we call "test anxiety," and they have panic attacks when testing is mentioned. If you are one of those people (or just want to get some general tips for test taking), read on, and see if this will help you!
-Study a little each night. There’s no way you can cram all the information you need into your brain the night before, and that technique will only increase your stress level. The best way to study is in increments: every day when you go home from school, review all the material you’ll need to know for the next exam. For instance, if you’re in an algebra class, and you’re studying chapter 8, you know there will be a chapter 8 exam coming shortly. So study everything you know from chapter 8 every single day before the exam.
-Study at odd times. Go to a school supply store and purchase a packet of notecards. Make flashcards for everything you need to know. Here is some example information as to what you can put on your flashcards: questions about basic facts, formulas, or definitions. Keep those flashcards in a handy place, such as the side pocket of your backpack or an outside pocket of your purse. When you’re riding in the car or on the bus, whip out your flashcards! When you’re standing in a long line at a restaurant, whip out your flashcards! When you’ve got 30 seconds to kill before the bell rings before class, whip out your flashcards! Taking advantage of this extra study time means you don’t have to spend as much time studying at home in the evenings or on the weekends.
-Create mnemonic devices. A mnemonic device is a memory tool. Have you ever heard or seen the phrase, “ROY G BIV”? If you have, you know that it stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – the colors of the rainbow. There are mnemonic devices for all kinds of things! Here’s one for Christopher Columbus: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Here’s a spelling tip: “Double the ‘e,’ double the ‘s,’ and you’ll always have ‘success.’” Create your own mnemonic devices when you study. You can take the first letter of a group of related words to make a single word or phrase. You can create a rhyme or song. Do anything that helps you remember more easily.
-Get 8 hours of sleep. This is especially important the night before a big test, but it’s a good practice to do it all the time.
-Eat a healthy breakfast. Your brain needs fuel!
-Take a deep breath. Relax – you’ve been studying, and you’ll be successful!