Tomorrow I have a big test and I am really nervous.  What do I do to make sure I will do really well?Any tips for staying calm or remembering the things I need to know

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I will give you some basic study tips, and hopefull they will help you feel more comfortable with the information.

1 - List the key terms for the unit, with their definitions.  Copy that list over a few times.  Recopying notes is always a good idea - repetition is great memory technique, and writing them instead of just repeating them also reinforces the memory.

2 - Next, list the information for the unit in sections.  Give each section a heading, and put the basic information under the heading.  Do not make the sections large - you may need to reorganize the information into smaller groups yourself and come up with headings.  By doing this, you will be manipulating the information and will better understand it.

Example - if the topic is cell division, don't have one section for cell division will all the information listed.  Make separate sections for first step, second step, etc..

3 - After you have reorganized all the information, read over the notes.

4 - Have someone ask you questions about the notes.  Testing yourself can build your confidence that you remember the information.

5 - Remember this.. if you have been in class and you have prepared for the test, then you have the information stored in your head.  Stay calm and you'll be able to recall the information.  If you come to a question you don't know, don't panic.  You'll at least know something about the question.  Make educated guesses... you'll be surprised how well you will do!  Trust yourself.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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When you have less than twenty four hours left for a test which requires the preparation of whole term, you do not have much time to learn and remember new things. The best way is to concentrate on revising what you have already learnt.

If you believe you have not learnt properly something very important, you may have to spend some time on that, but trying to learn and remember too many new things in too short time can make you confused and add to your nervousness.

It is important to take adequate rest before the test, so that your mind is fully during the test.

The one hour period just before the test is crucial. You are likely to remember better during the test what you learn or revise during this period. This is because of our short term memory. Make best use of this period.

If you are nervous. don't fight your nervousness. Just think about what you can do, usually that is studying when you have time, and taking rest when you are too fatigue. When you are unable to sleep because of nervousness, remind yourself that taking rest will help you improve your performance.

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