Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy again, with some more test taking tips. So you practiced my study tips and you’re totally ready to ace the test, right? Here are a few test day tips that will make sure you don’t feel any of the test day panic – ok so, maybe you will, but you’ll be able to beat and get a good grade:
Relax- We’re not just saying chill-lax here. Try a relaxation exercise – like closing your eyes and taking a few slow, deep breaths as you tell imagine yourself getting the test paper back with a big fat A on it.
Warm up – Every test has easy questions on it and hard ones. Go through and answer the questions you know. Stumped – just circle that question and go back to it later – but don’t try to sweat through it on the first go around
Trust yourself – studies show that our first answer is usually the right one – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check your work. If you have time, go through your answers, but don’t second guess yourself. Your first instinct was probably the right one.
Read the directions – trust me, we’ve all done it – forgotten to answer the last page of the test, or answered questions wrong because we didn’t bother to read the directions. So don’t risk points off because you think you know it all – take a second to read the directions – all of them!
Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here. I’m actually pretty good at taking tests, so the other GirlMoguls thought that I should share some of my best test taking tips with you before we all headed off back to school.
Know you test – before the test, get as much information from your teacher as you can – like is it multiple choice, true/false, essay or short answer. What topics or chapters will it cover?
Study smart – sometimes we like to talk about how effective multi-tasking can be – watching tv, texting, folding laundry, but well that strategy doesn’t work so well when you’re trying to study for a test – trust me – I’ve tried. You actually spend less time studying if you get rid of distractions and just focus on studying. So lose the email, the iPod and the cell and hit the books
Don’t Cram – umm, you really don’t remember more if you try to fit in the entire Revolutionary War into night. If you’re having a big test, repetition of smaller blocks of info is key. Schedule study time every day leading up to the test – spend a small part of the time reviewing your last study session and the rest of the time on the new stuff. Save the night before for a review session – not a cram session
Get a study buddy – some people study better with other people – if you’re one of them then find a study buddy – quiz each other on vocab words or practice those word problems together
Use flash cards – simple index cards can be a big help. Write key concepts – the words, people or events on one side of the index card and on the other, put the facts or definitions. Study the cards until you know the answers and then use the flash cards for a quick review quiz.
Eat right and sleep well – yup a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will make you smarter – at least on test day – so don’t skimp on either.
With these few GirlMogul Poppy tips – you’ll be acing just about any test that comes your way.