Tips to help

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Testing Tips - It’s normal to feel worried about exams – we all do, here are some tips to help.

  •      Be physically prepared by getting enough sleep. Your memory recall will be much better if you are not tired. 

  •      Don’t engage in negative talk with other students before the exam, such as “I’m so nervous – I don’t know if I studied enough.”

  •      Eliminate negative thoughts or self-talk by replacing them with a positive words, like “I am prepared for the exam and I will do well” or “I am smart – I can do this.”  

  •      Make a decision to ignore students who finish the test before you. Research shows that students who leave early usually don’t score as well as those who take more time.  

  •      Read all the questions. Note how much time you should allot to each question.

  •      Jot cues as you read. Use the “brain dump” technique.

  •      Start with the easiest questions.

  •      Listen closely to any instructions as the teacher hands out the exams, so you can be sure you know what's expected of you. Plus read the instructions on the exam paper.

  •      Lastly, make sure you have studied and practiced – yes practice makes perfect!  It may not feel exciting but it is the one thing which can make a real difference to what you know and recall when you do your exams.