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Standardized testing and returning to class - May 12th 2009, 05:08 AM

I hope that I'm posting this in the right section. Tomorrow and the rest of this week I have standardized testing that will last several long hours. After the testing, we still have classes. Lately I have not been able to stay focused on tests, especially long questions. The questions aren't persay difficult for me, but they, especially the lengthy ones, give me headaches that start while I am testing and I generally feel really bad afterwards. How can I stay focused on the testing and also be able to survive class afterwards?

I am so sorry for posting this, but I'm freaking out. Thanks.

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Re: Standardized testing and returning to class - May 12th 2009, 06:39 AM

That's rough! I can totally empathize.
The best advice I've got is to focus on the moment. Do the questions in the tests as they come. Try not to think about the hours of testing coming up, or the classes after that. They'll come and you'll deal with them as they do. The more you can live minute-by-minute through these tests and classes after them, the better you'll do.

General advice for a happier brain:
Sleep lots the night before
Shower the morning of if you have time
Drink lots, preferably water or juice with no sugar added
If you'll get breaks, pack snacks. I like apples and pears best. Apples are sweet and crunchy. Full of fibre and vitamins. Bananas have potassium, which is good brain fuel, too. (Seriously, potassium is one of the ions that crosses the synaptic cleft when your neurons send each other information.)
Don't have more caffeine than usual. It'll make it harder to focus on things. (Well, it does for most people.)

I hope some of those help. Good luck on your tests and if you're really out of it in class, just tell your teacher and apologize for not being "all there." I'm sure most of them went through similar periods (especially exams in college!) and will be pretty understanding.
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