Keys To Success

Top 10 Keys to Success:

1. Show respect to peers and adults. Use polite language (please, thank you, you are welcome, etc).

2. Follow all rules and procedures. Come to school prepared. Stay organized. Remain on task. Work efficiently.

3. Be a friend. Bullying is not tolerated (tell an adult).

4. Be honest. Always tell the truth.

5. Walk in an orderly line. Arms beside your sides and silently.

6. Have a positive attitude. Do your best. Always try.

7. Keep your school clean and neat. Pick up after yourself. Pick up after others.

8. Show kindness to others. Say kind words. Let your actions show your kindness.

9. Be responsible for yourself. Do not look at others whle they are being disciplined.

10. Believe in yourself.


Being prepared:

1. Analyze how you did on a similar test in the past
2. Review your previous tests, and sample tests, especially when studying for the final exam.
3. Each test prepares you for the next:  the more tests you take, the better you will develop your test taking strategies.

4. Arrive early for tests
5. Before a test, list everything you will need for it that is allowed.
6. (pencils/pens, calculator, dictionary, watch, etc.) 
7. Good preparation helps you focus on the task at hand

8. Be comfortable but alert
9. Choose a good spot in the room and make sure you have enough space to work, maintain comfortable posture in your seat, but don't "slouch"

10. Stay relaxed and confident
11. Keep a good attitude.
12. Remind yourself that you are well-prepared and are going to do well. 
13. If you find yourself anxious, take several slow, deep breaths to relax
14. Don't talk about the test to other students just before entering the room: their anxiety can be contagious

Test Taking Skills:

1. Read the directions carefully. This may be obvious, but it will help you avoid careless errors

2. If there is time, quickly look through the test for an overview
              -Note key terms, jot down brief notes
              -If you can, mark the test or answer sheet with comments that come to mind.
              -Ask if that is permitted!

3. Answer questions in a strategic order:

            -Answer easy questions first to build confidence, score points, and mentally orient yourself           to vocabulary, concepts, and your studies.  It may also help you make associations with more difficult questions.

         -   Then difficult questions or those with the most point value
With objective tests, first eliminate those answers you know to be wrong, or are likely to be wrong, don't seem to fit, or where two options are so similar as to be both incorrect.
With essay questions, broadly outline your answer and sequence the order of your points.

4. Review:
            Resist the urge to leave as soon as you have completed all the items

            Review your test to make sure that you

  •            have answered all questions
  •            did not mis-mark answers
  •            did not make simple mistakes
  •           Proofread spelling, grammar, punctuation, decimal points, etc.

5. Change answers to questions if you made a mistake, or misread the question
or if you find information elsewhere in the test that indicates that your first choice is incorrect

6. Decide on and adopt study strategies that work best for you
7. Review your test preparation and identify those habits that worked well and replace those that don't!