It's Testing Season!

April 9, 2018

Its that time of year for students to demonstrate what they have been learning throughout their school year.  It is important for students to give themselves the best shot they can at performing well on the tests.  Being healthy, well rested, dressing for success, wearing their contacts or glasses and having fuel in their bodies will help them be prepared to perform the best they can.

5 Tips to Prepare for Testing

  • Get enough sleep the night before the test. Your memory recall will be much better if you've had enough rest. In a scientific study, people who got enough sleep before taking a math test did better than those who stayed up all night studying.
  • Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test. When children skip breakfast, they don't replenish their blood sugar, which affects their mental abilities and outlooks. They may feel anxious, hungry, sweaty or shaky, and respond with mental negativity or irritability. 
  • Listen closely to any instructions. As the teacher reads the instructions listen carefully to be sure you know what's expected of you.
  • Practice the test taking strategies that have been practiced in class. Use your best test taking skills to help navigate answering a question.  Use the tools provided to help select the best answer choice.
  • Relax. If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Of course you can't get up and move around in the middle of a test, but you can wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some other calm place. As we all know, it can be easy to forget things we know well — like a locker combination. The difference is we know we'll remember our locker combination because we've used it hundreds of times, so we don't panic and the combination number eventually comes back.