Tackling Test Stress Tip 10: Focus

Although there is a lot of pressure to do well on a test in order to get a good grade, one of the best ways to do that is to focus on answering each question, not on the grade. This focus can also help minimize stress by helping students attend to small bites instead of being overwhelmed by a lengthy task. There’s an old saying “You can eat an elephant – one bite at a time.” Although I don’t recommend eating an elephant, the saying is pretty good for encouraging students to focus on answering each question and not on their grade.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Thoman

    This is so true. I’ve found that when focusing on how many questions there are, they get overwhelmed. I used to teach an SAT prep course and I would tell my students that if they didn’t know how to do a problem when they first looked at it, to mark it and come back. So instead of getting upset about what they don’t know, they can be encouraged by what they do know. And hopefully, as they work, they’ll eventually have their memories jogged by the time they get back to the ones they skipped.

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