Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sleep, Focus, Move, & Eat
Sleep the night before the test – This sounds like a “no-brainer,” but if you pull an all-nighter before the test and then try to stay awake by chugging massive caffeine (can you say Double Shot Vente Mocha or Extra Large Red Bull?), you absolutely won’t be at your best when you are taking the test. Good test taking is about focus and it’s hard to focus when you’ve got the caffeine jitters.
Focus – And speaking of focus…. You may feel scattered or overwhelmed, but while you are studying work as hard as possible to focus on class material and required readings. Try to focus on one concept at a time and then on how those concepts are connected. Organize your studying and your notes in whatever way works best for you. Make a list of key facts or concepts that have been stressed in class. Do you understand them? If not, what can you do to increase your understanding? Think about the types of questions your professor might be likely to ask, but don’t prepare solely for those questions. If you’re having trouble organizing all of the information, think about making an appointment at the Learning Assistance Center (http://www.wfu.edu/lac/index.html) to get help with this skill.
Exercise and eat well – You may be wondering why exercise and eating well are included in a message about test taking. Well, to be at your best on the day of the test, you want to make sure that you are taking good care of yourself. And by the way, exercise reduces stress and stimulates your mind.