Test Prep Tips – Be Prepared!

2017 – 2018 Scholarship Entry – Test Preparation Essay
Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship

Brittany Landry
Miramichi, NB

Tests can be some of the hardest and most stressful parts of a student’s life – if students allow test preparation to make them feel that way. The truth is, tests are a lot less stressful if you know how to prepare for them in the right way. I see a lot of students panicking about an upcoming test, but in reality they just do not know how to prepare for that test. Many times a student will think they are prepared, when in reality they have just been rereading the same line over and over again in hopes that it will stick inside their brain. Although that method may be helpful for some people (such as someone with a photographic memory) it can be a lot less helpful for a majority of the student population.
Stress Management for Students

I definitely do not have all of the answers, but I have learned some test preparation skills along the way that have made midterms and exams a lot less stress inducing for me. The first step to studying in a way in which you will succeed is clearing your spaces. Your space is usually your desk, or your bed, or the kitchen table, but in this case your space is also your head.  How to make a productive study space.

Take a moment to relax and stop worrying about the possible negative outcomes of a test. Yes, it is completely okay to take a break sometimes to clear your mind. You cannot feel fully prepared if your brain is panicking over all of the negatives. Next, make sure you actually have all of your notes from your classes – you are not a bad student for missing things, but you are definitely not a good student if you do not go out of your way to retrieve all of the information you missed. Now it is time to get down to the nitty and gritty. The best way to study and prepare yourself is to have your notes condensed into something you can understand and to have them read aloud. My favourite technique is to try to teach the material to a friend or family member – this way you are learning things in a simplified way created by none other but yourself. You are your own professor in this case, which makes everything a lot easier to comprehend.

Being prepared for a test definitely does not have to be as hard as students make it out to be. If you can push past the negativity and procrastination in your head, you should be able to accomplish anything. My way of preparing for tests has given me the average I need to succeed in school and I am sure it could help tons of other students as well. The biggest lesson I have for all students is to take away the negativity in test preparation and things will become infinitely easier for you. In most situations, our biggest setback is ourselves – don’t let your fear of failure make you give up on the amount of effort you put into your studies. If you release yourself from the anxiety and fear that comes with studying for your next test, you will find that you do better just because you believe in yourself a little bit more. If you believe in yourself and your abilities, you will automatically put more effort into preparing for the test which will lead to a better outcome.

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Modified: September 3rd, 2018 September 3rd, 2018
Published: July 11th, 2018

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