4 Basic Test-Taking Tips June 14 2014, 0 Comments

A simple school exam has the uncanny ability to either destroy or boost one’s self-confidence. There is nothing quite like the feeling of acing a test, yet there exists nothing so painful and harsh as finding out your failing score for the biggest test you have ever studied for. However, there is hope for those who never seem to achieve that satisfying score. Most often the biggest factor affecting test scores involves poor test preparation. For this reason the best test-taking tips generally involve what to do before and during the test. We have described below the best test-taking tips that will guarantee a desirable score on your next test.

1. Prepare Mentally Now or Forever Hold Your Terrible Score

Test Bubble Sheet The best tool a teacher can give students is the actual date of future exams. The more time you have to prepare the better off you are. Most often test dates are immediately erased from memory to avoid any extra stress on an already stressful schedule. Avoiding any test preparation until the week before the exam is extremely ineffective and will only worsen your score. Testing anxiety can be your biggest obstacle and can severely affect your memory. Mental preparation and acceptance of future tests is the key to decreasing stress before an exam. Think positively about your future tests and you will feel an increase in confidence that will help you retain the needed material for the test.

2. Daily Review - 5 Min A Day Keeps The Failing Grades Away

Flash Cards for Studying Early test preparation can often seem very intimidating as it may appear that leisure time will be sacrificed for study time. However, it is often misunderstood that a little effort each day will go a long way. College students spend an average per day of 1 hour and 45 minutes on Facebook alone. Sacrificing 5 minutes of social media for class material to review and memorize the important concepts of the day will solidify the information in your mind. Or if social media is “needed”, try sacrificing 5 minutes of app time a day to exchange your Flappy Bird high score for a classroom high score on your next test. Review time can even be taken between classes before your next class begins or as a quick review before you go to bed. Scheduling your review time is the key to actually fulfilling it.

3. Test-taking Stress - Don’t Worry, Be Happy

A on a Test If you have committed yourself to completing the first two preparation tips previously mentioned, exam day should be a breeze. However, feeling a little stress on exam day can be completely normal. The key to passing the test is never allowing your anxiety to get the best of you during the test. If you feel your mind is racing, don’t force yourself to continue answering questions as most likely they will be marked wrong. Don’t hesitate to take a 30-60 second break and take a deep breath, forgetting all your surroundings. Calm your mind then get back to the grind. As a general tip for managing test anxiety, try taking a deep breath every 7 questions to calm yourself and relax your mind. If you don’t know the answer to a question don’t let that affect your composition for the rest of the test; try to relax and come back to the question later.  

4. You Finished the Test! Not Quite….

Taking a Test It can be a rewarding feeling as you fill in the last answer on your test. Turning in your test and fleeing the scene is usually the next course of action for a student. However, carefully reviewing and pondering each question on your test again is a tried-and-true strategy. Quite often your brain actually has answers to questions, but due to stress and other factors cannot remember them at that specific moment. Completed questions can often trigger memories of previous questions revealing unknown answers. Taking the time to carefully review each question again can be taxing, but often very rewarding. Mistakes can be corrected and a significant amount of points can be made up. Students who give extra effort to earn a higher score generally are the ones who receive the most satisfying grades.

These are a few of the many test-taking strategies that exist; however, these 4 basic tips are generally noted as being the most effective. Relaxing the mind and increasing focus is a key factor in affecting test scores. That’s why Cerebral Success created the SmartX Supplement to help further aid your quest for the perfect score. Check out what people are saying about Cerebral Success and never forget that a little effort and concentration can be a world of difference on your next test.

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A Healthy Alternative to Adderall March 10 2014, 0 Comments

According to Dr. Carver Nebbe, a family medicine doctor at Thielen Student Health Center in Iowa, the number of students looking to score an Adderall prescription is on the rise. “There has been a huge increase in demand for evaluations for ADHD over the last several years.” It would be a problem if the number of students living with ADHD was following such a steep trajectory upwards. It’s even more of a problem when you realize that most of these students are going to misuse their prescription. According to Dr. Nebbe, “statistics say that 30 to 40 percent of those who have [an Adderall prescription] misuse it or divert the medication at some time. Nebbe’s beliefs are backed up by the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health - the study found that 11.4 percent of young people ages 12 to 25 used prescription drugs non-medically within the past year. For college students between the ages of 18 and 22, Adderall abuse was double that of the comparable age group not enrolled in college.

This is a frightening prospect, but it’s likely more serious than first glance suggests. Due to its “extremely high risk of addiction and overdose,” The US Department of Justice has labeled Adderall as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. This means illegal possession (re: without a prescription) will lead to the same criminal charges as the possession of opiates, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, and other amphetamines, because Adderall is literally made of amphetamine salts. Once ingested, the pills release dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline, in order to create a euphoric, focused effect. The effects are immediate and profound, but potentially disastrous. The pill increases focus and drive but, in many cases, it also increases dependency and reliance.

Adderall has also been shown to be a gateway drug for its impressionable demographic. Ninety percent of those using Adderall non-medically were reported binge drinkers while more than fifty percent are considered heavy drinkers. Additionally, this group is three times more likely to have abused marijuana and five times more likely to have abused painkillers.

And what’s the benefit? Not only are there harmful side effects for your cardiovascular and nervous systems, but an article in Time Magazine suggests that the perceived benefits are actually a lie. Casey Schwartz reported the initial findings for The Daily Beast. “In a recent study at Dr. Martha Farah’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers have added a new layer to the ‘smart pill’ coneration. Adderall, they’ve found, makes you think you’re doing better than you actually are.”

The research team tested 47 subjects, all in their twenties, all without a diagnosis of ADHD, on a variety of cognitive functions, from working memory — how much information they could keep in mind and manipulate — to raw intelligence, to memories for specific events and faces. Each subject was tested both while on Adderall and on a placebo; in each condition, the subjects didn’t know which kind of pill they were receiving.
The researchers did come up with one significant finding. The last question they asked their subjects was: “How and how much did the pill influence your performance on today’s tests?” Those subjects who had been given Adderall were significantly more likely to report that the pill had caused them to do a better job on the tasks they’d been given, even though their performance did not show an improvement over that of those who had taken the placebo. (The Daily Beast)

Thankfully, turning your back on Adderall and other “smart drugs” doesn’t mean you have to abandon your cognitive boost. All of the hassle and danger that comes with adderall can be avoided with the all natural Cerebral Success formula*. The only similarity is the success you’ll continue to enjoy.

Instead of flooding your system with short lived, addictive levels of dopamine and serotonin, Cerebral Success focuses on establishing long term improvement for your brain. Our formula strengthens brain cell walls, increases blood flow, oxygenation, and protein synthesis within the brain. Ultimately, we make sure that your brain is taken care of, that it’s firing on all cylinders. This isn’t a harmful amphetamine, it’s a key step in transforming your brain into a force to be reckoned with. You won’t be reduced to a jittery, nervous mess. You’ll enjoy increased focus and concentration, enhanced memory and recall, and an increased feeling of happiness and well being. What’s better than that?

*Cerebral Success not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not substitute prescribed medication for Cerebral Success. Cerebral Success is only intended as an alternative to those taking Adderall (and other prescription medication) WITHOUT a prescription. Consult a physician before use.

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