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How To Be Well Prepared For Tests

Hey guys!  I thought I would do another school related post today, since I haven’t done one in a while.  Taking tests at school is something we all have to do, whether we like it or not.  I don’t know about you, but a lot of the time I want to get good grades on my tests, but I don’t want to have to do extra work to prepare for them.  Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, we can’t just magically ace all our tests (wouldn’t that be amazing), we have to be confident in the material and show that we’ve learned something.  But what if you’re nervous that there will be something on the test you aren’t prepared for?  You want to study, but you don’t know where to start?  Here are some ideas to get you going:

1.  Ask Questions.                                                                                                                                                    If you are unsure how to do that math problem, or you don’t know what phenotype means in science class (a personal question I have), your teacher is there for you to ask them questions.  They won’t think you’re dumb if you ask them something, they will only think better of you for having the integrity and courage to do so.  If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the whole class, ask the teacher personally before you leave.  Chances are you won’t do well on the test if you have unanswered questions beforehand.

2.  Do The Homework.                                                                                                                                          This one seems pretty obvious and straightforward, but its the pure truth: if you don’t do the homework the teacher gives you, how will you know everything you need to know?  Teachers do not give homework to torture the students- it is a way for you to learn more and get more practice doing the material.

3.  Repetition Is A Good Way To Stick Things In Your Brain.                                                                       Flashcards or something of the sort are very helpful for me when it comes to tests.  When I need to know vocabulary words, I make digital flashcards on Quizlet, a free app that is SO helpful for studying.  You can take mini tests, match the word and definition in a matching game, or use the flashcards they make for you.  Also having someone like your mom or dad quiz you is great practice.

4.  Don’t Procrastinate Or Cram Five Minutes Before Class.                                                                       I have done this before, and believe me, you may remember a few of the things you crammed in your brain two minutes prior to the test, but being well prepared the night before will produce much better results.  Don’t wait until the day of the test to go over the review or ask others for their notes.  Study the night before, get some good sleep, and be ready and prepared when you arrive at school.

I hope these tips can be helpful for you in the future.  Comment below some of your strategies for doing your best on tests!

 

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Dealing With: Stress

Picture this:  You walk into the first day of school, ready to see all your friends and ready to learn some fun, new stuff.  You go to your first class and love your new teacher.  You think she has an effective, fun way of teaching and you are so excited to have her all year.  The end of class approaches, and the teacher gives the class an assignment due the next day.  That’s right.  Homework.  You didn’t think you would get homework on the first day of school.  But, as you go to each class and your homework load piles up, you realize you were wrong.

If you struggle with homework and stress, first check out my post Getting Homework Done for practical homework tips.  Those tips might help you with the routine of homework, but what about stress?

The dictionary definition of stress is: “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”  Doing homework can be a demanding circumstance.  You might encounter other demanding circumstances, like an important sports game or musical performance.  Other demanding circumstances could include going to a new school, handling hard stuff in your family, or dealing with the day to day challenges of being a teenager.

Now that you know what stress is, how can you keep it under control?  Let’s see what the Bible says:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”     John 14:27

God is giving you peace, not stress.  If you pray when something is hard or challenging, if you pray that God will give you peace of mind, you can rest assured that He will.  You don’t have to be fearful of your homework load.  God will not give you more than you can handle.  Trust Him to help you handle it.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”     Proverbs 16:3

Do everything to the glory of God.  Don’t worry about being perfect and getting perfect grades or being the best on the soccer team.  Do these things to God’s glory and you will not have to stress about being “the best.”

“Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.”     Psalm 119:143

Read the Bible.  Let God’s Word fill you and listen to where God wants you to go.  In your trouble or stress, be delighted in God’s plans.  You don’t need to worry about being perfect.  Accept challenges with God’s perfect plan in mind, that He will lead you and guide you all the way through.

So, the next time you march into school with confidence and walk out biting your nails, open your Bible or pray that God would give you peace in His perfect plan.

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