Students in the and at will join the rest of New York State this week when they sit down to take the Regents Exams. This statewide series of exams has a long lead up of stressing, practicing and more stressing. Here are five ways to keep your cool and boost your grades this week.
1. You may think studying closer to the time of the test means you'll remember more, but studies show cramming does not work. If you want the grades, study early and pace yourself. Also, exam questions often rotate, so check Regents Prep books and websites, like RegentsPrep.org.
2. Did you know basil boosts brainpower? Taking a deep breath from the bottle in the spice cabinet has been found to invigorate, relax, and destress.
According to CNN.com, certain foods can improve the mind. Blackberries, apples, chocolate, cinnamon and salmon are all "brain foods," so convince your parents to work them into meals.
4. No all-nighters! Teens need between 8 1/2 and 9 1/4 hours of sleep per nightor they risk limited concentration and ability to listen (which won't help you during the listening comprehension part of the English exam).
5. Don't forget your exam time (and check the Traffic & Gas tool before you leave so you're not running late):TIME Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9:15 a.m.
Integrated Algebra; RCT in Global Studies
Living Environment; RCT in US History & Government
RE in US History & Government; Geometry; RCT in Science
RE in Global History & Geography; RCT in Writing1:15 p.m.
Comprehensive English; Physical Setting / Physics
Algebra 2 / Trignometry; RCT in Mathematics
Physical Setting / Earth Science; Physical Setting / Chemistry; RCT in ReadingN/A
Good luck everyone!