Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer
Today’s teenagers are constantly being bombarded with high stakes tests that have the ability to make-or-break their grades, or even their admission into college. Midterms, finals, Advanced Placement Exams, and college entrance examinations such as the SAT and ACT are sources of great stress for high school students.
While these stresses cannot be completely eradicated, adequate studying and preparing for these exams can certainly relieve the majority of the taker’s anxiety.
Researchers have found that one of the most important factors in determining a student’s success on tests is how they approach it. If students look at studying as an opportunity to learn and increase their knowledge, rather than as a necessary task, they are more likely to be less stressed and do better on the test. Also, positive thinking is crucial to success.
Repeated retrieval of learned information can do wonders for test performance and long-term knowledge.
“I find flashcards help me a lot in trying to memorize words and definitions,” said Brittney McVicker, 10.
Other obstacles to effective studying are the distractions in the environment where students study. Computers, televisions, and friends are all tempting distractions for students whose motivation is lax.
The thought of studying to prepare for a large exam is daunting. Most students do not know where to start, and are overwhelmed by the the amount of information that they have to learn and review.
To overcome this, divide the information into manageable pieces and set daily goals. Allotting time each day to put down distractions and pay attention to studying will make a huge difference in confidence and preparedness.