DeBlogs > Tom Hagerman > pre-test-routine
By Tom Hagerman /
November 24, 2014 /
Posted in: Academics /
Given that I've had about three exams in the past couple of weeks, it seems appropriate to talk about my pre-test routine. As a science major you're bound to have more exams than papers, so it's not a bad idea to develop a routine sooner rather than later. I started to develop a routine when I was in the biochemistry year-long sequence. We had exams pretty often, and I found that when I had a little bit of regularity before the exams I was more relaxed during the exam. Here are the steps to my pre-test routine:
A Couple of Days Before Test:I make a playlist of 3-4 songs that get me pumped. These might be songs that help me relax or songs that get my blood flowing. I posted the two songs on my playlist for my most recent p-chem final below.
The Morning Of: If it's a morning test I will get up a little bit early to study (maybe 30 minutes). If it's an afternoon exam I take whatever time I have to go over any materials that the instructor made (like worksheets or old homework). After all, they are the person writing the test. I try to get in their mind and think about what they might ask me.