It's almost standardized testing week here at the Academy and for most of us that means stress. But, it doesn't have to be that way! If you are looking for ways to make the most out of testing week, keep reading.
Don't Stress. I know it sounds hard, but try to relax. Yes, standardized tests are not fun and take a lot of time, but it's nothing to stress over. Try to remember that there are more important things like eating good food and getting enough sleep.
Speaking of sleep…please do. It is really important especially at our age to be getting enough sleep so our minds can properly function. And while you think staying up all night and trying to prepare for these tests will help you, getting a good 8-10 hours of sleep will help you retain more information and unlock things that you've learned in the past.
Eat a good breakfast. Another thing that fuels your mind besides sleep is nutrients. Make sure to have a good breakfast the morning of. Also make sure to drink plenty of water!
Think of the positives. I know it might not seem like there are a lot of positives in the situation, but trust me, there are! One of the biggest is that it's a half day! All you have to do is show up, take your test, and leave for the day! It's wonderful. Another is that you don't have any real classes that day MEANING you have an extra night to finish up homework that was assigned the day before. (This is not an endorsement of procrastination.)
Finally, this and every other test you will ever take will help you build you test-taking skills and benefit how you learn. After all, standardized tests are really just a way to tell where you are in your learning. Use it as a tool!
In conclusion, don't be scared of test day. Remember to take care of yourself and you're set for success!