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How to survive and thrive during the TAKS week

I write SES in big letters on the board when my students are getting ready for tests. SES stands for STUDY, EAT, SLEEP. I tell them that for a week they need to turn into “learning machines.” Testing season requires adjustments. A test-taker needs to figure out what to do to get maximum performance from his or her brain. What problems did you have during tests in the past? How can you deal with them? What works for you? Share your test-taking tips here.

April 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I think the best way to get through TAKS and actually pass is by getting a good rest, and eating a healthy breakfast before the text. I know it sounds lame, but really, it’s the truth.
    Also studying helps you to feel at least a little prepared, not like some dummies that go into the testing room and they’re like “omg what’s what was the name of this person?”
    Instead if you study the night before, then you at least know some of the things, and many of the teachers give you reviews, so you can feel prepared, it is all only up to you if you do it or not. They make a big deal about TAKS and make you reviews, so hey, cut them some slack, and at least go through it.

    As you take the test, only take the test, don’t wander off thinking about other things, because you’ll have plenty of time to think about stuff after the test, I mean it takes the whole day. So review your questions, and then just turn it in, and sleep.

    Try your best, and then it’s all over. 🙂

    Comment by Grecia Alfaro | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. i think if everyone studies everyday they would do good. i know many people who supposubly have a lot of stuff to do so they cant study. but if you actually study then you would do good in the test. also if you go to tutoring it will help you too. the taks is a big thing in tx and if we dont pass it we cant graduate, which sucks because we had many years of educatin for us at the end not to get a diploma. like really? i personally think taks is dumb. everyone that passed every class should get a diploma, but anyways back to the taks.
    what can i say? just study alot, eat good before taks.
    study, study, study study!!

    Comment by mayam gonzalez | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  3. You have to be focused on your task. Also, it is important to pay attention when the teacher gives directions. Read the question 3 times. Take notes. Read the passage.

    Comment by LV4 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. I recommend to all the students on this days that we are gonna we testing to go to sleep early and eat breakfast before their test Begins and then yall need to concentrate on yall test;) and for those who smoke need to quit smoking for these days that we are gonna be testing so yall can concentrate on the test. 😀

    Comment by D.0 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. we have to eat and sleep and get prepar to the test because that day is a long day and we have consetrate and get positive !!!!!!for this test we have the all day to finish the test.

    Comment by oc3 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • You made an excellent point! Positive attitude makes a huge difference, especially on the day of a test. “I can do it” is the right approach.

      Comment by Dr.M | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. Whenever I have to take a test, what I like to do is to take a rest the day before the test. I think is really important to get at least 8 hours of sleep, and to eat a good and healthy breakfast, like fruits so you can have alot of energy, but the most important thing you can do that day of the test is to think POSITIVE, that’s what I do.

    Comment by Lucero | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  7. go to sleep or do something or tell the teacher to let you go out ,if one of your friends is finish to talk with him.

    Comment by JA2 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  8. Tests are big days. I concentrate on my test. I like that I don’t have to talk. When I finish the test, I read the book. People have problems because they behave like little children.
    They say they are bored, but I think they are immature. (Edited in class)

    Comment by jc2 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • That doesn’t mean that you are immature,is because they are sesesperate they can’t stay on one single position they have to do somethig.What about if don’t like to read, What else could you do?

      Comment by Ramiro (R18)_3 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  9. You have to eat a good breakfast and sleep for 8 hours day to be good for TAKS. Study every day all year long. That’s all you have to do.

    Comment by JA2 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • What is your advice for people who finish their tests early.
      It is very difficult to sit still for 1 or even 2 hours without a job to do. How do you control this situation?

      Comment by Dr.M | April 23, 2010 | Reply

      • Go to sleep or think about something quietly, or tell the teacher to let you go out ,if one of your friends is finish to talk with him. (Posted for JA2 By Dr.M)

        Comment by JA2 | April 23, 2010

  10. How to survive during the task.
    1) sleep;
    2) eat;
    3) be on time on the test day;
    4) don’t bring your cell phones;
    5) don’t play, be serious;
    6) start studying on the first day of school;
    7) focus in what you are doing, focus on each question;
    8) don’t go to a party the week of tests, stay at home;
    9) don’t talk durung the test;
    10) eat fruit;

    Comment by SV and LR | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  11. Eat breakfast, like a banana and milk.
    Get a good sleep,at least 8 hours.
    Drink water when you’re studying so that you can remember things.
    Take a nap.
    Ask for a calculator or a dictionary if they are allowed.
    Take your time.
    Don’t rush during the test.
    Do your BEST!

    Comment by LS1 | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m glad you mentioned the TIME. Students must analyze each question. They can give the correct answer if and only if they understand the question. Students who read the directions two or three times, focus on the verbs in the directions, restate questions, and take time working on their answer get good test scores.

      Comment by Dr.M | April 23, 2010 | Reply

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