|Test Stress: Get Prepped
Studying is never fun-especially when there are about a zillion other things you'd rather be doing. But the plain truth is, you're a lot less likely to feel test stress if you go in confident that you've got the material down cold. In other words: be prepared for the test, and you probably won't stress out.
But that's easier said than done, right? You CAN get there by trying these solutions:
Do your daily work. As much as you can, stay on top of your daily classwork and homework every day. Don't put off assignments, and if you miss something because you were out of class, try to make it up right away. Think of your schoolwork as a long race: if you fall behind, you'll just have to work all the harder to catch up. The key is to not fall behind. By keeping up with regular lessons and assignments, you'll be absorbing all the stuff you'll need for a test.
Learn from mistakes. If you get a question wrong on a weekly quiz, or you get a poor mark on a homework assignment, don't just forget about it. Make it a point to understand WHY you got it wrong. Look up the right answer or ask your teacher for help. When the same sort of question shows up on your next test, you'll know how to tackle it.
Make studying a regular routine. Don't put off studying until the night before a test. Experts say that this sort of last minute "cramming" is a crummy way to learn. Instead, review your class material on a regular basis, and try these study helpers: