With September gone, many students now have to face midterms and other exams. Here are some tips for students who may be tasked with many exams in the upcoming weeks.
BEFORE THE TEST
- Eat a good breakfast
On the morning of the test day, it is crucial to eat breakfast. Having a good, healthy morning meal can impact the student’s academic performance more than he or she may think.
Carbohydrates fuel the brain, allowing students to reach full academic potential.
Traditional Korean breakfasts include rice, soup, and side dishes. For quicker, easy Western breakfasts, try cereal, toast, or oatmeal.
- Grow accustomed to your testing area
Once at the designated location for a test (classroom, gym, etc.) one needs to get used to his or her surroundings. Try walking around and taking in the settings.
Many will inevitably feel nervous at times and physically “bonding” with their testing centers will help them to adjust better.
- Avoid distractions
Before taking any test, students should remember to avoid any distractions. Mental interference can hinder the students’ performances during exams. Visual distractions such as the Internet often stay inside brain for long periods of time, thus involuntarily affect one’s thinking skills. Consequently, one should try not to engage in any social media right before a test.
DURING THE TEST
- Don’t stress over that one question
There are almost always one or two complex questions that will get one stumped. When faced with such difficult questions, it is vital for one to realize that those questions will probably be hard for everyone else. Therefore, there is no need to feel discouraged over one question.
- Move on, then come back
There are many times when one must simply move on because the question may be out of reach for one to answer just at that moment. Solve the other questions, and then come back. This will allow one more time to think over the complex question without feeling anxious to answer other questions.
AFTER THE TEST
- Stop thinking about it
What’s done is done. It’s time to clear one’s mind, and move on to the next assignment. There is no point in stressing over a test, knowing that one cannot do anything to change it. Stay positive!