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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Staying calm before the test

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety from time to time, especially around exams. A little bit of stress can be positive, as it can help motivate us to take action and get things done. However, too much stress can get in the way and can affect our overall performance, memory and concentration.

The following are a few strategies that can help you stay calm before you have to take a test.

Get a good night’s sleep

  • Staying up late to study may harm your success. Your brain needs sleep in order for it to function properly and retain information better.
  • When you are sleeping, your body and mind are doing repair work.
  • Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep before a test or exam.

Eat healthy food

  • Avoid things that might upset your stomach.
  • Protein can help you feel full for longer while you are writing. Also be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Too much caffeine can contribute to poor sleep quality and can lead to the feeling of crashing; use in moderation.

Arrive early to the exam or prepare in advance to write online exams

  • If you are writing your exam in person, arrive early, find a quiet spot, and focus on relaxing. When you arrive, don't ask others "how much did you study?"; these questions can stress us out.
  • If you are writing online, log on early and be ready to write when the time starts. Have everything you need around you and ready to go so you aren't disrupted during the test. If you need certain software to write the test, make sure it is downloaded and ready to go. Close out of all unnecessary windows and consider using an ethernet cable or a hotspot if your internet is unreliable.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious, take some deep breaths and consider using a grounding exercise to calm your nerves

  • The five, four, three, two, one grounding activity can be a helpful exercise to practice. It involves naming and noticing what is going on in your immediate surroundings:
    • First, acknowledge five things you see around you. It could be a pencil, a mark on the wall, anything in your surroundings.
    • Second, acknowledge four things you can touch around you. It could be your fingers rubbing together, the desk, the pencil in your hand.
    • Third, acknowledge three things you hear. It could be the sound of keyboards clicking or the hum of the room.
    • Fourth, acknowledge two things you can smell. It could be something like the smell of your pencil or the smell of your coffee. If necessary, take a brief walk to find a scent.
    • Finally, acknowledge one thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like: gum, coffee, or your breakfast?
  • Naming things you see around you can help ground you in the present and help you maintain a sense of calm or return you to a calmer place.

Reference:

Derrington, Kate, Cristy Bartlett, and Anita Frederiks. (20 January 2021). Preparing for Exams. In N. Anderson and W. Hargreaves (Eds.), Academic Success. University of Southern Queensland. Accessed at: https://usq.pressbooks.pub/academicsuccess/chapter/types-of-exams/