How to Avoid Struggling with Exams in School

While many students are quite successful in school, some make disappointing grades on exams, and other important tests such as the ACT, SAT, etc.  Since exams and these other infinitely important tests can literally make or break six-weeks grades, scholarships, and prestige, it is important to analyze just why some successful students wither when it comes to important milestones.

One common problem that plagues students when it comes to exams is a simple lack of preparation.  Students confident with good grades in school may very well be overconfident, and thus underprepared, for important tests.  One must never fall into the trap of believing studying to be unimportant.  Even the best of students should study at least twenty solid minutes for regular tests, more for exams.  This will insure the student is adequately prepared for the important event.

Pre-test stress, a common factor of many important exams and tests, can also contribute significantly to the downfall of a good grade.  While it is imperative not to underestimate a test, it is just as important not to overestimate a test.  Confidence after adequate preparation should calm the nerves and insure a restful, peaceful sleep the night before the important exam.  Positive thinking, while it cannot prevent bad grades by itself, can supplement successful test taking preparation strategies.

Focus, or a lack thereof, also contributes immensely to the student’s test taking prowess.  Often, stress during the test, distractions such a after-school plans and relationships, and other factors can all knock the student off-balance just enough to keep the student from receiving the grade he or she would want.  For the duration of the testing period, there should be one goal, and one goal only:  To succeed at the test or exam in progress.  Only through proper focus can one zero in on their best test-taking form. 

Preparation for the next test or exam begins immediately after the current test ends.  Regardless of the grade received, the student must begin to work towards successful grade next time.  Weak points must be analyzed and rectified, and strong points further refined.  A bad grade should not destroy one’s confidence, rather, it should inspire the student to work harder.  In the same fashion, a marvelous grade should not cause one to become overconfident.  The student must realize that it was the successful application of good test-taking strategies that lead to the good grade.

By following the above pointers, test and exam grades can be less stressful, and more successful.  Tests and exams are important, but by thorough application of good strategies, the student can prevail in these often tricky situations.