Testing Times (part 2)

examstressStress can be a good thing. A little stress helps you focus and direct your efforts to the maximum output. Everybody knows this is true – have you ever tried to study while sitting outside on a nice, sunny, warm day, with a pleasant breeze? Did you find yourself relaxing, feeling a bit sleepy? Contrast this to the night before an important test – did you find that you were able to stay up late, studying later? Both of these are natural physiological and psychological reactions to stress (or the absence of stress).

But what about when the stress gets to be too much? Too much stress doesn’t give you an advantage or direct your energy effectively. It can cause you to panic, and even have anxiety attacks. How do you best control your stress to a helpful level? Well, it’s all about preparation and organisation. Stress develops when you lose control, and you feel that work is getting away from you. So the first and most important strategy is planning – you need to know what you have to do, and when you have to have each task done by. This means using your diary – and using it well. There will be another post later about how to use your diary/ planner, but for now, the important thing is to write every task into your diary immediately on receiving the information, and onto the year planner as well. You need to write a list for each assessment task telling you what must be done, and then schedule time for each task during your study time.

Lack of preparation can mean an exam crack up:

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Here are two sources that have some more advice on how to deal with test stress (1, 2). Finally, you will want to review tests after you have completed them; here is the last physics test to help you review.

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4 Comments on “Testing Times (part 2)”

  1. Mark L Says:

    hi,

    while finding the answers for the uses of hydrocarbons, i stumbled upon this site,

    this site is specifically for high school students like me on chemistry.

    http://www.ausetute.com.au/usehydrc.html

    mark

  2. Brendan Says:

    Hi Mr Grichting,

    Was wondering if you could put up the worked solutions to the physics test please?

    Thanks,
    Brendan

  3. Mark L Says:

    hi mr g

    what do we need to cover in our prac report? AIm, Materialsl, Procedure, Results and Conclusion? i am missing anything else? i havent done a prac report for yonks so i need to be refreshed.

    btw
    check out this math parody

    mark

  4. aTYSON Says:

    HEY MR GRICHTING.

    I THINK THAT IF WE HAVE A TEST AFTER HOLIDAYS, THAT YOU SHOULD MAKE IT LIKE 2WEEKS AFTER OR SOMETHING πŸ™‚
    CAUSE LIKE, I LIKE, FORGOT ALOT OVER THE HOLIDAYS πŸ™‚


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