Test Taking SkillsUniversity of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
Be Positive Maintaining a positive attitude will help you succeed. Take responsibility for your learning. Avoid negative talk about the faculty or the exam itself. Exams measure performance not your personal worth. Practice positive self- talk.
Examples of Affirmations “I am an excellent test-taker.” “I have a strong knowledge base in this content.” “I will pass this test.”
Be Calm Being well prepared for an exam will help to decrease anxiety- Maintain a positive attitude while preparing for exam is important Practice Relaxation Breathe deeply, close your eyes and visualize positive images
Be Calm Arrive to class early to avoid the stress of being late Avoid the last minute chatter of other students Bring everything you will need for the exam such as your laptop, pencil and calculator if needed.
Be Prepared Physically Get a good nights sleep prior to the exam. Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of poor productivity and performance. Without a proper amount of sleep your reaction time, memory and concentration can all be affected. Don’t cram the night before the exam.
Be Prepared Physically Choose to wear comfortable, layered clothes Eat a healthy but light meal before leaving to take the exam Avoid simple carbohydrates like a donut or danish Choose to eat something with protein and fat to sustain you through the exam; examples include peanut butter on toast or an egg sandwich Avoid excessive caffeine or other stimulants
Be Prepared Academically Devise a study schedule in advance of the exam. Plan to review content area per evening, day, or weekend for example. Students often feel they have run out of time. Utilize available resources such as your textbook, on line practice questions, case studies, etc. Seek study partners that challenge you. Avoid study groups that are non productive. Refer to study skills presentation for more information.
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt