I really really need help. I keep freaking out when I get to the science portion because of the time constraint. It's really hard for me to understand the stuff, for one thing, and I'm not nearly as fast enough as I should be on the science portion.
Please help! Any tips or pieces of advice anyone can offer me would be great. Anything that can help me will be much appreciated!
When you are studying, do not sit for more than 30 minutes. That is the maximum time your brain can absorb information. After that, your short term memory bank is full. Take a break, walk around. Hum. It works your brain. Drink water. Lots of it. Take sips before and during the test, also before and during study. There is an essential oil product by Aura Cacia called "Panic Button" that you can pick up for <$10, that helps relieve anxiety. Sniff it during study time, then on test day, you can put some on your sleeve, on a cotton ball, or even bring in the bottle if they let you and sniff it when you get stuck. Tap on your skull, slightly above your ears, it will get your brain going. Check out a program called "NeuroLink" : It is truly amazing, I'm sure it will help. I am not a practitioner, just a satisfied client. I just got through the CSET, and passed all the sections on the first go. Pace yourself. Take deep breaths. You can do it! (Tell yourself that OFTEN, even if you don't believe it at first, eventually you will!) Good Luck!
Here's a strategy: Read the questions for a particular prompt before you get started on reading the prompt (this helps you get a feel of what you want to learn from the prompt so that you can answer the questions). Try to answer some of the questions while you are reading the prompt, and underline and/or make notes of any key points to help you do any other questions you cannot do.
I took a practice ACT test and only scored a 19 on it, despite getting much higher scores on other sections. That scared me so much that I later decided to take the SAT instead. So you're not alone in your fear of the science section.
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