Piper Peanut: Strategies for how to approach tests


Rehme Leanza

Ella Morris, ‘22, sometimes feels overwhelmed with the daily stresses of student life. However, there are many ways to counteract this stress such as utilizing good study habits, a healthy sleep schedule and diet and knowing when to take breaks.

“Hey Piper, my test scores are starting to get lower and I’m starting to worry about them dropping my grade. What should I do?”
-Perplexed Penelope

Hi Penelope! First things first, don’t stress too much about your test scores. There are many helpful tips and tricks that can ensure that your grade will not fall in whatever class you are struggling in. Since tests are weighed more and an important part of your grade, here are some key things that can lead you to success with testing.
One thing that is very important to focus on that may not seem like it is your diet. Make sure you drink a lot of water. It keeps your mind awake and invigorated and hydration is key. I don’t advise drinking coffee before a test because although it keeps you awake for a good amount of time, it doesn’t necessarily aid your brain as much as water can.
Fruits like oranges and blueberries and nuts such as cashews are great brain power boosters as well. It is important to make the most of your morning. Preparation before is key as well.
Make sure you organize your study area so your brain isn’t all over the place while you study. Using previous tests, flow charts and diagrams to practice will definitely increase the probability of passing your tests.
Organizing study groups with your friends can also be helpful because you can explain certain ideas and concepts together and it can be fun. Try not to cram and study for tests the night before because it can hurt more than it can help. Give your brain some rest and take breaks in between the times you study.
For example, study for about an hour for two days and on the third day take a break. You think better when your mind isn’t so overwhelmed with information. Make sure you are well rested to be able to perform 100 percent the next day. Get about seven and a half to eight hours of sleep beforehand.
Follow these tips and you should be more successful! When you take your test, don’t rush. Pace yourself so you are able to answer all questions. Ask your teacher any questions you have about notes one or two days before the test. Clarifying anything you have a question on can be a big help. If you are confused about a question on the test, don’t be afraid to ask your teacher because there might be another student who is confused on the same thing.
Last but not least, don’t cheat! Cheating is obviously not the right thing to do, and ultimately it will not help you with your grade, and it will not help you learn the content. Try your best and do what you can do. Don’t push yourself too hard for a perfect grade.

Best Wishes,