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  • 1. Test Taking SkillsUniversity of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Examples of Affirmations “I am an excellent test-taker.” “I have a strong knowledge base in this content.” “I will pass this test.”
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt