5 Tips for Top Test Scores

Written by Wayne F. Perkins

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You will find you will soon have an urge to go back torepparttar difficult question, answering it. Go ahead and do so at this time.

4. Remember, you are smarter than you think. In spite of what your parents said or what your teachers think, you are much smarter than you think. As you relax your body and focus your brain, you will begin to feel more in control of your test results. Everything you have ever read, heard, touched, tasted or smelled is always stored in your brain. As you relax, you will find it easier to remember information.

5. Never, cheat on a test. By cheating on a test, not only do you stand a chance of expulsion from school, but also you are sending a message to your brain that you are not smart enough to take a test on your own. What happens next is you lose self-confidence, for not onlyrepparttar 109375 test you are taking currently, but also all tests and all subjects. The loss in self-confidence is much more damaging and will follow you around longer than expulsion from school.

The lack of self-confidence will find affect personal relationships, jobs, and earning power over a lifetime. Relax and trust yourself to rememberrepparttar 109376 information you need without cheating on tests.


Remember to relax when taking tests. Relaxation triggersrepparttar 109377 brain to remember information easier and recall it when taking tests. Practicerepparttar 109378 five steps and watch your test scores rise.

Wayne F. Perkins

Wayne F. Perkins, the School Assembly Hypnotist is an educational hypnotherapist and author of "How to Hypnotize Yourself without Losing Your Mind." Wayne presents school assembly programs and consults with educators and students across the United States on how to improve test scores. Hypnotism Education Website http://www.wayneperkins.net/ mailto:wayne@wayneperkins.net Phone: 602-647-4280


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·Be patient and positive, encourage practice and praise effort - becoming a good writer takes time and practice.

Young Students

·Allow use of print or cursive - whichever is more comfortable.

·Use large graph paper for math calculation to keep columns and rows organized. ·Allow extra time for writing assignments.

·Begin writing assignments creatively with drawing, or speaking ideas into a tape recorder

·Alternate focus of writing assignments - putrepparttar emphasis on some for neatness and spelling, others for grammar or organization of ideas.

·Explicitly teach different types of writing - expository and personal essays, short stories, poems, etc.

·Do not judge timed assignments on neatness and spelling.

·Have students proofread work after a delay - it's easier to see mistakes after a break.

·Help students create a checklist for editing work - spelling, neatness, grammar, syntax, clear progression of ideas, etc.

·Encourage use of a spell checker - speaking spell checkers are available for handwritten work

·Reduce amount of copying; instead, focus on writing original answers and ideas

·Have student complete tasks in small steps instead of all at once.

·Find alternative means of assessing knowledge, such as oral reports or visual projects

·Encourage practice through low-stress opportunities for writing such as letters, a diary, making household lists or keeping track of sports teams.

Teenagers & Adults

·Provide tape recorders to supplement note taking and to prepare for writing assignments.

·Create a step-by-step plan that breaks writing assignments into small tasks (see below).

·When organizing writing projects, create a list of keywords that will be useful.

·Provide clear, constructive feedback onrepparttar 109374 quality of work, explaining bothrepparttar 109375 strengths and weaknesses ofrepparttar 109376 project, commenting onrepparttar 109377 structure as well asrepparttar 109378 information that is included.

·Use assistive technology such as voice-activated software ifrepparttar 109379 mechanical aspects of writing remain a major hurdle.

Many of these tips can be used by all age groups. It is never too early or too late to reinforcerepparttar 109380 skills needed to be a good writer.

Though teachers and employers are required by law to make "reasonable accommodations" for individuals with learning disabilities, they may not be aware of how to help. Speak to them about dysgraphia, and explainrepparttar 109381 challenges you face as a result of your learning disability.

How to Approach Writing Assignments

1.Plan your paper ·Pull together your ideas and consider how you want them in your writing.

2.Organize your thoughts and ideas

3.Create an outline or graphic organizer to be sure you've included all your ideas.

4.Make a list of key thoughts and words you will want to use in your paper.

5.Write a draft

·This first draft should focus on getting your ideas on paper - don't worry about making spelling or grammar errors. Using a computer is helpful because it will be easier to edit later on.

6.Edit your work

·Check your work for proper spelling, grammar and syntax; use a spell checker if necessary.

·Edit your paper to elaborate and enhance content - a thesaurus is helpful for finding different ways to make your point.

7.Revise your work, producing a final draft

·Rewrite your work into a final draft.

·Be sure to read it one last time before submitting it.

James O’Keefe is the owner of About Rsd. offering FREE articles, tips, hints, and real-world advice on how to deal with various health issues. He is also the owner of The Parental Advocate., which is dedicated to helping Special Education students' parents become better advocates for their children.

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