Students in the High School District and will join the rest of New York State tomorrow 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 last minute ways to keep your cool and boost your grades:
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 de-stress.
3. 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 night or 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 8:15 a.m.
Integrated Algebra Regents; RCT in Global Studies
Living Environment Regents; RCT in U.S. History
Geometry Regents U.S. History and Gov. Regents; RCT in Science
Global History and Geography Regents; RCT in Writing12:00 p.m.
English Regents; Physics Regents
Algebra2/Trigonomety Regents; RCT in Math
Physical Setting/Chemistry Regents; Physical Setting/Earth Science RegentsN/A
Good luck everyone!