Ten Ways To Destress Before A Test

Is testing tying your stomach in knots? Here are ten ways to destress before the big test.

As an almost college graduate (I've got two semesters to go) I've had about 15 and half total years of schooling, and as you can imagine more tests than I can remember. I used to stress out over tests like you wouldn't believe: sweaty palms, sick stomach, headaches, items that I studied a million times mysterious disappearing from my memory"¦does this sound like you? If it does, I have ten destress the test methods that are sure to help you to relax and get the A!

10) Study: There is absolutely no way to pass a test without it. However this does not mean last minute jamming until 2:00 am the night before( trust me I've been there and have Cs and drool stained textbooks to prove it) The way to study is in waves"¦think calming ocean breezes, relaxing in the sun with your Intro to sociology book in you lap. I'm kidding what I really mean is don't do all your studying at once. Do it in chunks of one-two hours with half hour brain numbing breaks in between. Start well before the big day. I recommend two weeks minimum. Set aside time that's just for studying and nothing else. Study your whole way through a chunk, non-stop and then TAKE A BREAK and do something that has nothing to do with studying for a half and hour. I recommend a bath, play a video game, call a friend, yoga, cat-nap, have a snack, etc. The key here is to rest your brain. Don't even think about the material until the half hour is over.

9) Make studying more fun. I once heard that the only way for you to really remember something is to actually have the desire to remember it, in other words memory is created by an active desire to remember. If you make it fun and interesting, your much likely to remember it. Make some flash cards, grab a sibling or a roommate and play your own version of jeopardy, or 20 questions, family feud, what ever it takes.

8) If you haven't made flash cards or a summery study guide, you should and take it with you on the go. When ever you are on the train, bus, waiting in line, just pull out your study guide and put in five to ten minutes, the constant re-enforcement of the material will help you to remember it.

7) Get a study-buddy. This is related to making studying more fun, if you're laughing over Fraud's strange theories involving oral fixation with a group of friends from your class, or trying to pick out a logarithm with the help of your significant other, you'll be having more fun and thus the memory will stick much easier causing less stress.

6) Take time to visualize. If you believe it, it will happen. The night before your test, or in the shower the morning before take to time to visualize your self doing well on the test. Picture your self bent over the paper and knowing each of the answers, imagine the look on your mom's face when you show her the "A". Athletes often do this before a big game, besides, it can't hurt any"¦



5) Go to bed early the night before the test. I recommend an hour earlier than you usually do. A good nights sleep will help you focus better tomorrow.

4) Have breakfast the day of the test. It's hard to concentrate when you're hungry, also breakfast provides you with nutrients that will give you energy to keep your body and your brain active.

3) Reward your self for your efforts. Make plans to get a movie and ice cream after the test. Don't let it distract you, but let it be something you can look forward to after all the work you've done.

2) Brain drain before you begin. Ask for a blank piece of paper, or flip the test over and drain every thing your can think of regarding what you studied on to the page. Key-words, theories, formulas you just know you might forget, this way you can use this brain drain as reference. It also allows you to gather your thoughts before you conquer the complicated confusing word problem that makes you forget you even learned math in the first place.

1) And the number 1 thing you can do to destress before your test, is to relax and take a deep breaths. It's not the end of the world if you get a B, and besides if you did half the items on this list you had to have been doing something right, and never underestimate the odds of multiple choice"¦just kidding. But relax you'll do fine!

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