Could you use a fast way to improve your grades? Then get ready to slow down. Many exam and test errors come from the same source. Not reading the question well. We get stressed and hurry through the tst questions, missing the main points. We trip onto an answer that ‘looks right’ because we haven’t fully comprehended the question. And we end up getting the question wrong.
Here is how you can fix it.
Each time you come to a question on a test or exam STOP and count three long, steady breaths.
Breath slowly and easily while your eyes scan the test question and possible answers.
one … ( IN … OUT)
two … ( IN … OUT)
three … ( IN … OUT)
As you breath slowly and count, let your eyes slowly read the complete exam question and ALL possible answers or options. There is no hurry. Please read every word even if you think you know the question or the answer seems obvious. There are often hidden traps or nuances to test questions that Pele miss. Slow down. Read everything. Breathe.
Now here’s the kicker. After counting out three long breaths and reading everything thoroughly, ask yourself “How would my instructor answer this question?”. This prompts your brain to recall the class when your teacher discussed the topic. Don’t try to force yourself. Just imagine yourself asking the teacher and then imagine their answer. This removes the focus from yourself and your stress. It also turns on your visual memory – the most powerful way to remember things. Now you are ready to answer the test question. Go ahead.
This three breath method may feel like it takes a long time. It doesn’t. Using a stop watch you will find that it takes less than 4 seconds per test question. If you use the three breath method on a 60 minute, 100 question exam, you will be done in less than 45 minutes, leaving lots of time for review.
Most people actually finish there exams faster with this method. And they get better grades too.
We suggest you pick up a practice exam and with each test question repeat this pattern until it becomes automatic:
(breath) one …
(breath) two …
(breath) three …
(think)“How would my instructor answer this question?”
Try it today. It works.
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