WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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family matters "relax and do your best knowing that you have prepared" 10. Exercise, as it brings out your body's natural endorphins. Choose what works best for you. Yoga can be a great way to calm both the mind and body. 11. Don't pull the all-nighter. Sleep enhances your performance, memory, motivation, and Put Your Best Foot Forward Even if you follow all of these steps, you can expect some anxiety on the day of the test. keeps you in a better mood throughout the day. What's more, sleep reduces your cravings Embrace it. Small amounts provide you with for high-sugar and caffeinated food and drink that can fuel anxiety. useful energy and alertness. The key is to 12. Face negative thoughts straight in the eye. Do you really fail every test? Has studying never keep test-stress from becoming unmanage- produced positive results for you? Every time you are tempted to go down a negative able. Consider incorporating the following: route, instead acknowledge what you are doing to bring about success on this test and get 15. Have all of your test-related materials back to work. 13. Choose your company wisely. This is not the time to hang out with people who will whip you into a frenzy or decrease your motivation to study. 14. Learn to say "No." Recognize that you cannot do everything, especially when you are studying for tests. Pace yourself and have confidence that all will be well even if you miss that party or Red Sox game. ready on the morning of the exam so that you do not have the added stress of looking for #2 pencils, batteries for your calculator, or every book that you have read during this semester's English class. 16. Know what your test-taking strategy will be. Will you answer essay questions first, then multiple-choice? Will you guess on questions for which you do not readily know the answer or skip them? 17. Immediately before the test, take a few minutes to write down your thoughts, freeing your mind from competing thoughts and concerns. Consciously try to breathe deeply, evoking the relaxation response rather than the fight-or-flight response. 18. Be sure to read the directions on the test carefully. Perhaps you do not need to answer every question. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 19. Relax and do your best knowing that you have prepared. If your mind starts racing, take a few seconds to breathe deeply and bring it back. 20. Do not panic if your classmates turn in their tests while you are still working. No 150

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