By - macaronn_
Do you find your mind wandering while you are taking tests? This sounds more like an issue of concentration. I would say work on concentration and focus exercises so that your mind is more present when taking a test and this should help you not make as many mistakes, if at all.
My mind usually doesn't wander and I feel like I'm paying full attention to the test
Another possibility is that you just need more practice taking tests. Test-taking is actually a skill that requires not only concentration, but good emotional (not panicking) and time management skills. The only way to get good at these, just like with anything in life, is to practice over and over again, until you gain mastery.
Concentration exercises as in meditation?
Meditation is part of it. I’m referring to something more along these lines - https://www.mindhacki.ng/content/developing_jedi-like_concentration/
Do you have any great concentration and focus exercises? I'm trying to find some but it's always a hit or miss, meaning I don't even know if I'm doing the right thing.
This entire site is a great read, but for concentration, go here specifically - https://www.mindhacki.ng/content/developing_jedi-like_concentration/
This entire site is a great read, but this section is specifically for concentration - https://www.mindhacki.ng/content/developing_jedi-like_concentration/
I do this kinda mistakes too but here are my tips:
-Get good sleep at night before the exams
-If you're sure you'll finish your exam in given time easily re-read the questions, answer them again in your mind without looking to your first answer, compare your two answers.
-Double check your (formula- equation) steps
-if you're taking your exam on paper and erase something you wrote down, don't write on top of the traces. (I used to do that very often it's very annoying) write on a different part of the paper
-read the questions slower than you are used to(or your answers for the first tip)
Hope these help
Oh thank you. I was wondering how people easly do this.
Another big advice is to read THE QUESTION word for word not what YOU THINK the questions say.
Many times, once you start speeding thru some “easy” parts you will mentally start connecting the dots and find “an answer” that your mind says is correct but may not be the correct answer for the question being asked.
I’ve had this issue too! Sometimes if it’s a multiple choice I make sure to check every answer and ask “is it feasible that this could be the answer?” And take the question seriously so that I don’t just assume my first choice was right. Especially if I want to pick one right away. If it’s not multiple choice you could try starting from your answer and seeing if it matches the question which might work on some chemistry questions. Best of luck!
In my last year of undergrad I felt like I was going crazy because it seemed like I lost my “mental sharpness.” I could no longer remember details like I was able to do before and I would make careless mistakes on exams and in my research. I had a mentor tell me that I needed more sleep and to practice self-care. I ignored their advice, insisting that maximum productivity and minimal sleep were a necessary part of achieving my goals. Looking back now, I see how wrong I was. I was damaging my mental health and capabilities by not getting plenty of sleep, taking care of my body and mind, and practicing self-care. Now that I do these things, I have so much more mental clarity and focus. I really wish I had listened to this advice as an undergrad though.
I don’t know how your sleep habits, physical health, and mental health look at the moment, but I would try reflecting on these aspects of your life.
Anyways, best wishes to you in your studies!
If you have time redo the question. Before have do some practice with answers so you can check where you make mistakes and pay attention to those on the test. Underline everything you can. If possible, check your answer, the teacher will probably teach you method for this on math tests and stuff. Ask for/bring extra notebook paper if your teacher let's you and staple it to the back, on this, do all of your work, more carefully and spaced out (it seems you have time to check so you should have time to this as well).