Exams can cause a lot of stress, but we’re here to help make it a little easier with our top 5 tips to prepare.
Keep up in class.
First on the list—show up and pay attention. Class time also provides a chance to ask questions if you need help. Take notes, too. This helps you retain new material. Need help with note-taking techniques? Check out these strategies.
Study the material.
Next, complete all assigned reading, which is key to learning new material. Yes, it takes time, but information from reading assignments will likely appear on your test. Find a quiet place to study without distractions. If that’s impossible, grab some headphones and plug in (a playlist with no lyrics works best). This will help you focus on the task at hand. Next up, find a study strategy that works for you. Don’t have one? Try the Pomodoro Technique—uninterrupted study for 25 minutes and a 5-minute break, repeat.
Get a good night’s sleep.
According to the CDC, 7 out of 10 high school students get less than the recommended 8 – 10 hours of sleep on school nights. While “just one more episode” may sound like a good idea, save it for later, so you’ll be fresh for exam day.
Eat a wholesome meal.
Nutrition plays a big role in energy and alertness, so try a wholesome breakfast. One of the best things you can do to prepare for an exam is to go in well-nourished. A wholesome combination of carbs and proteins will keep you fueled and energized throughout the test.
Some examples include:
– Oatmeal with low-fat milk and fruit
– Whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk
– Eggs and toast
Some exams, like the SAT, even give you a snack break. Try and pack a yogurt, apple, or granola bar to help keep you going. Remember to also stay hydrated and drink your water!
Take a moment to relax.
Take a moment to breathe and relax to let go of the unease and anxiety. Walk around the block or close your eyes and take three deep breaths. There are even free apps designed to help you relax. If you feel like you could use some help with your stress, ask for help. Check out more tips on how to reduce test anxiety.
Tests may cause stress, but with preparation and support, you can achieve anything!