Academic Foundations- Reading
A brief overview on being prepared for
Methods of combating test-anxiety.
Before the test
Be as well prepared as possible.
Get a good amount of sleep.
Eat healthy through out the day.
Arrive for the test as early as possible. Do
not show up all stressed out running late.
Listen to your favorite song over and over.
Rule of Thumb
Did you spend at least twice as much time
pre week outside of class as you did in class.
Did you take notes and review them each
day? It only takes about ten-fifteen minutes
a day to review?
Did you begin reviewing a week before the
test? Not hours before
Did you test yourself by using flash or
concept cards ?
Did you create quizzes for yourself?
Did you complete the textbook chapter test
and the review materials your instructor
Test taking tips
Read the directions on the test!
Quickly search for the questions that is
most friendly and familiar. Do that
question first. It will boost your
After that find that next question you
The best way to prepare for timed exams is
by practicing. Time yourself.
Have a game plan…
Remember, Disability Services can help with
timed exams, if you qualify.
What to do on a multiple choice
Read the question, put a piece of paper
or an index card to cover up the
Answer the question without looking at
Have confidence in your answer and
then make your choice.
Essay Exams or paper
Try free writing on an essay test or a paper.
Do not flood the professor with information
and expect the professor to find the answers.
Free writing can help you filter out the
Confused on what to do next
Do not get throne by a single question.
Place a mark next to it and come back to it.
If it is a math or science question, retrace
your steps to find out where you got lost.
Never leave an answer blank.
Engage in deep breathing for two-five minutes.
Tense and relax different muscle groups
Use guided imagery for a few minutes.
Describe the anxiety.
Aerobics can release anxiety and excess energy.
Utilize positive self talk.
Always use the remaining time to quickly
make sure you have answered every
If it is math or science test check the
If it an essay test, proof read it a few times