Doing well on a test is often the difference between passing and failing a class. That is why test-taking is a valuable skill that you need to acquire if you want to be a more successful student. Knocking a test out of the park isn’t simply a matter of knowing the content, but having good preparative strategies as well.
How well you perform on a test is as much decided by the strategies you use as it is your knowledge of the material. That is because things like poor sleep schedules, bad food, and stress can greatly affect how you perform. That is why one great strategy for doing well on a test is to arrive at least thirty minutes early for the test when possible.
Arriving early for a test has many advantages. The first is that you will be able to do a quick review and reinforce the studying that you did the night before. Often this quick review of every topic and discussion point will help you recall the information easier when you take the actual test. Think of this period as a quick crash course review.
Another advantage to arriving early for a test is that it reduces your nerves. If you arrive early, it gives you more time to mentally prepare for the test, get acclimated to your environment, and push aside all distractions. You can even spend this time discussing the test with your teacher, which may help to put some of your nerves at ease.
Alissa Breindel Austin is a teacher from Strategic SAT Prep who specializes in improving student performance on the SAT and ACT.