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Finals Week | Best Ways to Avoid Mistakes during Math Tests

Finals week is coming!

You’re coming into finals week so this is a good time for math tips. Have you ever walked into your math class and knew you were going to ACE IT?

Next day::

You’re ready to see that bright red A on the top of your paper, only to do a double-take when you actually get it? That surely does not have a letter C under MY name?


What went wrong?

It might seem like a departure for me to talk about math today on the SMP blog, but you’re heading into finals.

I wanted to share these six tips!

I know many of my junior and senior clients are taking advanced math courses, and I also know that when you’re tired, it’s easy to make simple mistakes! Math is not my favorite subject, but finding useful tips can get you through almost ANY CLASS::

Here are 6 ways to stop making silly mistakes so you can count on that A in finals week::

1. Write Neatly

I’m a lefty, and neat handwriting didn’t come easily in high school. When you’re figuring out problems with multiple steps, your teacher {and you} need to decipher those steps.

Take your time and make sure your 7 doesn’t look like a 2!

2. Be sure your answer matches the form asked for

Decimal, fraction, word form… It’s easy to skip ahead and start writing, but be sure you understand what is being asked. It’s a bummer to go through all that work only to miss points for not following directions.

3. Always read the directions / questions

We seem to hit a fast-forward button when the teacher says, “begin”. The stress + adrenaline kick in. Read through so you don’t miss what is asked and double check your work.

There’s no trophy for being the first one done, so take your time!

4. Tests can stress us out

Take a deep breath, count to 10 and relax. We could get into the science of it all, but we’re talking math tips her for finals week.

Stay calm so your brain can come up with the answers.

5. Do not – DO NOT do the math problem in your head

I hope my son reads this. He is great at math, but oh my holy goodness, he always wants to calculate the problem in his head.

The paper is there for you to write on – USE IT so you can go back and….check your work before turning it in!

6. Get some rest

A good night’s sleep goes a long ways to help you focus during your test. Eat a breakfast filled with protein + drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps your brain process that hard stuff.

You can’t concentrate on your test when your stomach is growling {neither can your neighbor}.

Use these and other upcoming strategies for finals week that are just around the corner. Because before you can take off for holiday break, you have to put in the brain work.


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đŸ’–Andrea | Your Local Senior Photographer


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