5 Ways to Succeed in Testing

Studies show that these are effective ways to test better:

Write your own study guide. Just reviewing facts or rereading information is not very effective.

Writing a study guide will force you to evaluate all of the material and remember it better. Write down the points, ideas, and facts you know you need to know for the test. If you are brave enough, feel free to show this guide to your teacher! With their endorsement, you’ll know you’re on the right track. 

Make a list. It will help keep you organized.

This sounds obvious, but sometimes it can feel weirdly hard to just … write things down. Maybe because confronting the total amount of work you need to do feels overwhelming but writing it all down will allow you to do one thing at a time and tackle everything. Do the most important ones first. And breathe.

Disconnect. Really, you will work better this way.

Ugh, it’s so hard. Put your phone on airplane mode and just step away for a while. If it makes you feel better, give yourself permission to check your phone once an hour so you have something to work toward.

The 15-minute trick. If you are struggling to start…

Set the timer on your phone to 15 minutes. Then spend those minutes just writing or working on your most daunting task. Then take a break. Usually you’ll find that 15 minutes was all you needed to get into a groove. And if not? Then you weren’t ready to groove, and you needed a break! Move on to something else that requires a little less intense focus.

Be kind to yourself. If you give yourself positive feedback, you will accomplish more.

This sounds fluffy but, you’re not going to get anywhere berating yourself or stressing out. Pace yourself, celebrate victories (crossing an item off your list, memorizing that date, or finally getting the hang of that equation are all victories!), get some sleep, drink water, and do your best. 

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