Superstitions: A different kind of test prep

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Superstitions: A different kind of test prep

Priya Reddy

Tests: the bane of every student’s high school existence. Frantically shuffling papers and cramming last minute facts, students prepare to take their tests. But some students do a little more, whispering small prayers or tucking their hair back with lucky hairclips. These students perform little rituals or wear lucky charms to get ready to take the test.

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Photo by Om Khandekar

Sophomore Kevin Cho: “On test days I usually use a certain type of pencil that my parents gave me a while back, and I’ve done pretty [well] on tests [with it]. I wear a wristband on test days for good luck.”             Sabrina_edited

Senior Sabrina Tanabe: “Junior year before a test, I’d always have my little hairclip [with me].  It didn’t really help me necessarily, it’s just like the feeling of having it there…that comforted me.”
Coby_editedFreshman Coby Bowman: “I drink Smartwater before every test, because it makes me smart, and it’s funny.”        Kavin_edited

Sophomore Kavin Sivakumar: “The night before a test, especially if it’s a math or science test, I usually take an omega 3 pill before, because I think it makes me feel smarter. I don’t know if I do better or not…[but] I read that [the omega 3 pills] help you. Sometimes I like to chew gum so that the blood flows through my head…and… [it] starts the thinking process… I’ve seen research that proves that.”

 

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Sophomore Natalia Osorio: Before every test I wear my favorite t-shirt because I feel like it’s lucky… Especially for [chemistry] tests I wear this chemistry t-shirt where it says sarcasm on it and it says the atomic mass, so I don’t know, sometime it might come in [handy].”

 

vasu_edited Senior Vasu Gupta:  “One of the seniors last year said [that] before a test [he would] wake up early in the morning and go for a quick run… [then] what he’d do is whatever the test was, he’d do a couple practice problems just to get [his] mind going… So, I started doing that and there might not be a correlation between them, but I just think I’ve been doing better on tests ever since I’ve started doing that.           Reporting by Priya Reddy and Vivian Chiang.