Guys and girls, hinga munang malalim: breathe in…breathe out. Breathe in…beathe out. Breathe in…in some more…breathe out. Breathe in…in some more….more…breathe out! Breathe in….
I know you’re all nervous. After all, there’s less than 48-72 hours left before THE day. Ika nga ni Peterson Nieto (ewan lang kung original):
… And so it was decreed that each year, schools shall offer up students as Tributes, to be trained in the art of “national” survival, to fight Time in a pageant of accuracy, knowledge, and high school grades. Hence, and forevermore, this pageant shall be known as the UPCAT.
Well at least, theoretical lang ‘yung pagpapatayan ninyo. ‘Wag masyadong mag-drama, malayong matindi pa rin ‘yung kay Katniss…Speaking of The Hunger Games, kill me, for I have never even watched that movie!!! Blame my dedication to teaching last summer for that! OK fine, I tried to buy a pirated copy at Greenhills last Monday (I was so desperate to watch it!) but the copy was really bad.
But kidding aside, I know how you feel. After all, the UPCAT is really like the grandest nationwide seniors’ quiz bee–I’ve been there and done that (and thank God I conquered the UPCAT). So what do I recommend that you do? Aside from what were indicated on your BRAIN TRAIN Test Taking Tips handout, here are some DO’s and DON’T’s that I recommend:
- cram anymore. STOP that thought. I assure you, that will just do you more harm than good. The UPCAT, after all, has a very vast coverage–it ain’t like your typical periodical exam whose coverage you are sure of. When you realize there’s still so much you do not know, you’ll just freak out, lose heart, and get restless.
- drink caffeinated beverages. You want to be able to write with a steady hand, right? Moreover, caffeine is a diuretic–meaning, it could be responsible for the frequent trips you make to the restroom.
- drink milk if you haven’t done so in a long time–baka lactose intolerant ka na!
- sleep late. Easier said than done, huh? But DO IT. Sleep early. Remember: being up and worrying do more harm and no good in your performance.
- watch “heavy” movies or TV programs. Now is not the time for that thought-provoking kuning-kuning indie film.
- wear new clothes; instead, wear something you are sure is comfy.
- prepare your “UPCAT kit”–test permit, Mongol Pencils (with an “s” talaga) #2 , sharpener, ruler (use it to make sure you don’t skip number on your answer sheet), medicines for diarrhea, headache, body pain, and even dysmenorrhea (‘wag nang magtanong ng “Ma’am, kahit po lalaki?” Pls. lang, ‘wag na!) , and water and food. Include an umbrella and a raincoat too.
- drink Stresstabs at around 8 p.m. the night before your exam. IT can help make you sleep easily. Or…I am not sure about this ha, but this is what I sometimes do to fall asleep quickly when I’m nervous (WARNING: Check with a medical practitioner first before you do this! Baka lalo kayong pumalpak, sisihin pa ninyo ako…all I’m saying is that this has worked for me and I don’t abuse this)…I drink an anti-histamine medicine even when I don’t have allergies.
- wake up early on the day of your exam–dapat more than an hour even if your testing center is near (of course if it’s far, wake-up way earlier!). Otherwise, you risk being all nervous that you might be late (eh hindi ka nga male-late parang timebomb na ang heartbeat mo), or baka exam na hindi pa rin gising ang katawang lupa mo.
- walk briskly in the afternoon the day before your exam. It will release endorphins (the “happy hormones”–o ha malay ninyo itanong yan sa UPCAT) that will calm you. It may also help you sleep better.
- have a massage to relax your body. Or in my case, what relaxes me is when nagpapakamot ako ng likod, hehe. I actually prefer it over a massage. Now is the time to beg your parents for that kamot-til-I-sleep request. I have a feeling they’ll give in. 😉
- pray. I couldn’t stress this enough. Pray. Sabi nga sa Brain Train Review Center Fanpage: “‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him (1 John 5:14-15).’ Let us pray for one another, altogether, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Comment your full name below this post so you may be included in our prayer brigade. We all know how powerful He is. No matter how good your BRAIN TRAIN Review Center teachers are (and we all know this is true!), no matter how inherently intelligent you are, no matter how diligent you’ve been–all of these are nothing without His grace. :)” Ask for the Holy Spirit to be upon you as you take the exam. I swear, prayers can really do wonders.
Again, these tips I’ve posted are just supplemental to the BRAIN TRAIN Test-taking Tips you have on your manuals. Be sure to reread it again to guide you on what to wear, what to eat, how to eliminate wrong answer choices, etc.
Remember too that whatever happens, as long as you know you’ve done your absolute best (well, did you? ) and let God take the wheel, you have nothing to worry about. Remember that God’s plan s always the perfect plan–if you’re patient and faithful to Him, it will unravel before your very eyes, and all you’ll utter is “Thank you God, praise you God.”
And oh yeah, before I forget, you also need to unwind AFTER the UPCAT…and boy I have the perfect suggestion for you…s’yempre, walang iba kundi ang panonood ng….
Yes, there’s an UPCAT movie! And for sure you will be able to relate with the lead characters, who, like you, fervently wanted to pass the UPCAT! Here’s a trailer by the way:
I hope I was able to help–I hope I was able to relly impart sagacious word of wisdom. Or made you relax (thus my Tag-lish, baduy kung baduy mode of writing this post). Or at least, baka napaantok ko kayo. Nakatulong pa rin ‘diba? 🙂
And oh yeah, before I foget…you may now breathe out. 🙂
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