SOLs are approaching, YOU SHALL PASS! As long as you check out these tips.

Clear your desks except for a writing utensil.

We’ve all heard it before: the first words that mark the moment before the beginning of a test. Some of us are ready for it, but some of us are not. Regardless of which group you fall into, here are some tips that everyone can make use of:

  • Getting the right amount of sleep the night before

You hear this one all the time, and for good reason: getting the right amount of sleep the night before will help you get to the test energized and motivated. Most people know that, but what they don’t know are the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that for each hour sleep you miss you also gain an increased chance of feeling sad and unmotivated. Studies have also shown that not getting enough sleep and depression go hand-in-hand. But that’s not all, some of us make the mistake of sleeping too much before a test. Too much of one thing is always a bad thing, and sleep is no exception to this rule. Oversleeping is linked to many health problems as well, such as headaches, sluggishness, depression, and even death.

Just what is the ‘right’ amount of sleep? Well, studies have shown that the ‘right’ amount of sleep for high schoolers is around 7 to 8 hours. For most of us, that means going to sleep at around 10 PM, right? Wrong. Studies claim that an average of 7 to 8 hours is ideal, which means that you can go to bed at midnight as usual as long as you make up for the missing hours later on ( however, getting all the hours in at once is ideal). The benefits that come with getting the recommended hours of sleep are: increased creativity, sharpened attention, lowered stress, and improved memory.

Our next tip is:

  • Find a method of studying that works for you

When most of us think of studying, we think of 300 paged 40-pound text books, but that’s not what studying is at all. Studying is devoting time to learning something, meaning that anything that helps you learn can be used as a form of studying. If cracking open a book and sitting at a table for hours, sifting through old notes and tests, and staying back after school doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you can try something like Khan academy, a free website dedicated to educating, or Youtube channels like  Crash Course, Extra Credits, and In A Nutshell. You can even try studying in a group.

Our final tip is:

  •  Be ready

Just making some general preparations can help a ton. Along with everything else we mentioned, try to make sure you:

  1. have everything you need for the test the night before.
  2. know where you’re testing.
  3. drink plenty of water.
  4. give yourself time to relax.
  5. eat breakfast (It’s the most important meal of the day!).

And if you need some tips for the actual test, you can try:

  1. avoiding second-guessing yourself. All it does is make you confused and waste time.
  2. choosing your answer before you look at the answer choices. If the answer you chose matches one of the answer choices, then it’s probably right.
  3. read the entire question before actually choosing your answer. Doing this will help make sure you answer every part of the question.
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