Swimsuit, sunscreen, beach towel—yup, you’re all set for spring break. Hold on there, beach babe. First you gotta ace those massive exams before you can bust out the sunnies. Not sure where to start with that massive pile of test, homework and projects? Don't worry. We've got these study hints to keep your cool and stress less. Whew!
Sometimes exams can sneak up on you. Make
sure to plan out when tests are so that you can start studying a week before the
exam instead of the day before. You’ll retain more info if you study over a
long span of time rather than jam-packing month’s worth knowledge in a short
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your
teacher will be impressed that you’re willing to go the extra mile to better
understand what you’re learning. Set up a time to come in a few minutes before
school to go over how to solve that one tricky problem. It’ll only take a few
minutes and will make you feel more at ease about what’s going to be on the
Studying will go by quicker—and be way more
fun—if you study with a friend. You can split the work up and learn some tricks
on how to remember the info better. You can also double-check that both of you
get the same answer to guarantee success!
Make sure you give your brain the break it
needs. Studies show that the best way to prep for an exam is to take a 10-minute
break after 20 minutes of continuous studying. Don’t automatically hop onto
Twitter to see what’s going on. Instead, take a walk, chat with your sister or
nom on a healthy snack (think: nuts and dried berries). Then get right back on
track after those 10 minutes are up.
Catching a good night’s sleep is soo
important for feeling alert and ready the day of an exam. Plan to get around
seven to eight hours of sleep, so that you won’t be fighting to keep your eyes
open while writing that Ancient Egyptian history essay. Ahh, feels good being
Eating a healthy breakfast is key for brain
fuel. Give yourself time to grab breakfast before heading out the door, unless
you want your stomach growl all day long. Having juice and cereal is a great
way to start your day and give your body the energy it needs.
We totally get that looking cute for school
is a must. But exam day isn’t the best day to wear those sky-high wedges or
those new skinny jeans. You don’t want to be uncomfortable while sitting down
for the test, so opt for some leggings and that super cute tunic. You’ll look
great while feeling great, too!
Set the tone
If you have some time to spare before the
big test, listen to some calming music to help quiet the nerves. We like
listening to music from Ed Sheeran or plugging into our Classical music
playlist on iTunes Radio. Doing this right before the exam will calm your
nerves and get you in the zone.
Right before you flip over the test to
begin, take a moment to do three deep, calming breaths. Push all the negativity
out of your mind and only focus on the test. You totally know the info, so
don’t let the frantic energy in the room get the best of you.
Over anything else, be confident in yourself!
Don’t let your mind think about all the things that you may not know, but focus
on all the information that you have learned and studied about. No matter what,
know that the exam isn’t the end of the world. If you don’t do well, there will
be tons of opportunities to boost your grade back to where you want it to be.
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BY CAITLIN MOYNIHAN ON 3/12/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN school, grades, boost your grades, ace final exams, smart girl secrets, In the mag, April/May 2014