Test Prep


Umphrey, Amanda

Semester Exams are coming up. We all know how stressful it is making sure you have the information you need memorized.  Testing is full of questions and requires hard thinking and major concentration. You don’t want to fail the semester exams because they can take a big toll on your grades. So you may be asking, “How can I make sure I do my very best on test week?”

Testing in general requires a fresh mind. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Don’t stay up late with your friends on the X-Box, and don’t be out partying. Go to bed at a decent time. Studies show that a young adult requires at the least eight hours of sleep in order for the mind to be fully rested. You also should not pull all-nighters. Staying up late only impairs your ability to focus and think rationally.

Eating a good nutritional breakfast is KEY. Your brain needs glucose or energy in order to operate. Try and avoid greasy and fatty foods. Try eating fruits and veggies or things high in protein. It boosts the brain power and allows you to think quickly and more accurately.

Before taking a test, you should not try and cram all the information you need at once. You need to take your time and let your mind adjust to what was taken in. Trying to cram it all in at once will only lead to you forgetting what you need to know. Break it up in little sections. Study part of your test for 30 minutes then take a 5-10 minute break. Don’t watch TV or listen to loud and distracting music. Your mind needs to be calm and focused, so try exercising  or doing meditation to calm your mind. Don’t stress yourself out.

I hope those of you who are taking the exams have learned some new tips so you can do well on your tests. Remember to take your time and get plenty of sleep. Good Luck, everyone.