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College Survival Guide: Test Day Strategies

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It’s test day; the important test or presentation you have been preparing for is here. If you are feeling anxious or still actively preparing, stop what you are doing now. You may be setting yourself up for sub-par performance or worse yet, meltdown and failure.

Neuroscience enables you to achieve the highest possible levels of performance from your preparation. Your focus should be on getting your mind and body in an ideal state for the event. Here is a checklist of success strategies for test day:

Before the Test

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • As soon as you wake up, quickly review your material while in a relaxed state.
  • Eat small and frequent snacks/meals. Avoid high fats, sugar and “white foods”.
  • Do some light exercise, such as walking.
  • Engage in deep, rhythmic breathing.
  • Drink plenty of water. Be sure to bring water to your test.
  • Listen to classical music before your test to get your brain in an ideal state.

During Testing

  • Keep your breathing deep and rhythmic.
  • Stay hydrated with periodic drinks of water.
  • Play selections of classical music (using headphones) that you listened to while studying. If permitted, music will help memory recall and keep you in a resourceful state.
  • Use peppermint to perk-up, lavender for calmness (essential oil or chewing gum).
  • If you studied using different tastes (e.g. flavored jelly bellies), chew on these flavors for memory recall.
  • When you get stuck with a test question, ask yourself:

o   What looks right?

o   What sounds right?

o   What feels right?

o   What seems the most logical and correct?

After the Test

  • Give yourself a big pat on the back
  • Do something nice for yourself as a reward. Celebrate Success!
  • The next day, evaluate what you will do differently the next time for even better outcomes.

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3 comments on “College Survival Guide: Test Day Strategies

  1. hmm...?
    October 13, 2010


    • brainpathways
      October 13, 2010

      I gather your “hmm” reflects curiosity and perhaps seeing practical neuroscience principles in action. Thank you for the read. Hope you look over the other 6 articles in the College Survival Guide series. They are all neuroscience based and will help you learn quicker and remember more with less stress.

      Stephen Hager

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