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Here are some great tips for "Super Smart Kids" taking school tests:

Are you ready to take a school test? Do you sweat, chew your pencil, and feel butterflies in your stomach as your teacher hands out a test? A lot of students, including adults get freaked out when it's time to take a school test.

It's natural to feel some stress about taking tests. In fact, sometimes a little adrenaline, which is a hormone made by your body during times of excitement or stress is a good thing to jump-start you.

First, make sure you've studied the materials properly. It sounds like a no-brainer to SuperSmartKids, but if you are sure of the information, you will have less reason for stress and worry.

Get enough sleep the night before the school test. Your memory recall will be much better if you've had enough rest. In a scientific study, young people who got enough sleep before taking a math test did better than those who stayed up all night studying.

Listen closely to any instructions. As the teacher hands out the test, be sure you know what's expected of you.

Read the test through first. Once you have the test paper in front of you, read over the entire test, checking out how long it is and all the parts that you are expected to complete. This will allow you to estimate how much time you have for each section and ask the teacher any questions. If something seems unclear before you start, don't panic: ask.

Focus on addressing each question individually. As you take the test, if you don't know an answer, don't obsess over it. Instead, answer the best way you can or skip over the question and come back to it after you've answered other questions.

Relax. If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Of course you can't get up and move around in the middle of a test, but you can wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some other calm place. As we all know, it can be easy to forget things we know well — like a locker combination. The difference is we know we'll remember our locker combination because we've used it hundreds of times, so we don't panic and the combination number eventually comes back. During a test, if you blank out on something and start to get tense, it suddenly becomes much more difficult to remember.

Finished already? Although most teachers will let you hand a test in early, it's usually a good idea to spend any extra time checking over your work. You also can add details that you may not have thought you'd have time for. On the other hand, if you have 5 minutes until the bell rings and you're still writing, wind up whatever you're working on without panicking.

These tips should help most people, but some can get serious test-taking terror. If you're one of them, you may need to talk to a parent, teacher or counselor for help in overcoming your terror of taking tests.

Staying Focused in School

Learning how to focus and get something done is about more than just good grades. Good grades are the foundation for success in life. Mastering the skills of getting organized, staying focused, and seeing work through to the end will help in just about everything you do.

You probably know the basics by now, but here's a helpful refresher on getting organized.

Get Organized

Organization is the first step. Organization makes everything else a little easier.

Keep your assignments and class information together in binders, notebooks, or folders that are organized by subject. You might want to set up a file drawer at home to keep track of research, returned assignments, and other things you want to hold on to.

If you find yourself stuffing loose papers in your bag or grabbing different notebooks for the same class just because they're close at hand, it's time to stop and regroup. Take an evening to get things organized again.

Maybe you can't carry different spiral-bounds for every class. One solution is to carry a binder that has separate sections. Another idea is to take notes in one notebook and at the end of each day rewrite them in a separate binder. This takes more time, but it is a great study skill because it allows you to read, write, and hopefully summarize all that was important during the schooldays. The more you review material, the more likely you are to remember it.

Whatever you choose, your system has to work for you. If it doesn't, change it until you find what does. It's a great way to learn about yourself and what works for your unique needs.

Plan Ahead when doing Homework

Most likely, you're on your own when it comes to progress and work on assignments. It can feel great to be your own boss, especially if you're a good one. Don't leave things until the last minute, though — you'll only end up working twice as hard to do half as well. Nerves and anxiety make it hard to stay focused and do a good job.

Set deadlines. At the beginning of each semester, make a calendar of due dates. Be sure you know what the main assignments are (if the teacher doesn't mention them at the start of the semester, ask) and what format they will take (a report, presentation, group project, etc.). Set clear goals.

Keep these questions in mind when organizing your calendar: What's the final product? When do certain components need to be completed? Answering these allows you to prioritize assignments by due dates, level of difficulty, and completion time.

Include nonacademic commitments on your calendar, such as team practices, drama rehearsals, etc. This will help you see when things might hit crunch time later in the semester.

Give yourself mini-deadlines for the stages of each project — planning, research, drafting, revising, and creating a final product.

Enforce deadlines. Decide how you'll enforce your deadlines. For example, will you reward yourself for meeting them? Ask you friends or parents to check in with you about your mini-deadlines so that you don't put them off. Watch out if you ask parents to help. When parents do, remember they're not nagging you — you asked them to help!

If you have difficulty meeting deadlines but are making an attempt to improve your study skills and organization, talk with your teacher. He or she can help you to create reasonable short-term goals for a particular project or test.

Oh, no! That's due in 2-days! If something slips by and you find yourself surprised by a due date or stuck with very little turnaround time, try not to freak out. Do a breathing exercise to feel calm and focused. Then outline an approach to tackling the work. You can make an hourly or daily calendar of deadlines if that helps you structure your time.

If you're a perfectionist, it helps to remember everyone can lose track of something once in a while. If this happens a lot, you need to get more organized.

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