Testing, testing, 1..2..3? Anyone left out there? Welcome to the glorious time of the year commonly known as Exam Season! AP Exams kicked off this week, for me at least, and trust me I cannot say I have been this relieved to have gotten at least one of mine over.
For most of us, testing is something we dread. Finding time while juggling school, work, and a social life to study enough to feel prepared has taken a back-burner to other responsibilities. So, I’m here as your local meditation guru of sorts to let you in on some top-secret tips on how to beat out stressors you may face come test time.
First of all, be sure to actually be prepared. Yes, I know, we all think somehow having our notes opened while binge-watching our favorite show on Netflix helps the information really sink in; however, being the bearer-of-bad-news that I tend to be as a realist, I’m here to let you know it doesn’t. Actually take the time to make flashcards (old school I know) and make an effort for something you know is truly important. Sometimes going that extra mile is what makes or breaks us in the long run.
Based on what I see in my own day to day, I know how things typically run in with the idea of a “study group @ panera!!!” Intentions may begin as pure and full of good student habits, but these intentions take a hard turn into the “let’s all sit and eat and then play on our phones with our laptops open.” This cycle of pretending to be helping isn’t actually helpful. So, I challenge you to break away from the norm. Get lost in the public library’s stacks of books. You may think will in no way help you on your essay on the Maya of the Yucatan peninsula, but trust me it’s worth it.
Next, don’t start a three part documentary series on dogs the night before your exam. I know by this point you’ve all heard this a thousand times, but I promise your sleep is crucial to success. When you wake up, be sure to actually eat a good breakfast. Even if you aren’t a “morning person,” by that two hour mark on the exam, I promise instant regret.
Take a break.
Honestly. You deserve it; you’ve worked unbelievably hard to get this far so just finish it and try your hardest. If you’ve reread the same AP multiple choice question so many times that when you close your eyes you can still see it, then treat yourself to some froyo and a trip up the parkway to see something to show you how miniscule that test is in the grand scheme of life.