Students in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich District and at St. Dominic High School 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 (schedule according to barronsregents.com):
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9:15 a.m.
RCT in Global Studies
RCT in U.S. History & Government
RE in U.S. History and Government
RCT in Science
RE in Global History and Geography
RCT in Writing1:15 p.m.
Physical Setting / Physics
Algebra 2 / Trigonometry
RCT in Mathematics
Physical Setting / Earth Science
Physical Setting / Chemistry
RCT in Reading
Uniform Admissions Deadlines:
Morning Exams: 10 a.m.
Afternoon Exams: 2 p.m.