Exams? 'Lucky pants' day 穿“幸运内裤”参加考试能得好成绩?

Take Away English: Exams? Lucky-pants day

你在考试前都做哪些准备工作?提前复习、背重点、充分备考还是寄希望于“考试运”?一些英国学生依赖考试当天穿一件自己幸运的衣服去获得自信心和高分。你觉得这靠谱吗?

课文内容

词汇: Anxiety 焦虑

Exam day - what do you do? I take a ring my grandfather gave me to the exam. It's a reminder of his affection and gives me a sense of security and calms my nerves. My brother makes a fuss about wearing his green underwear.

He's not alone in placing his hopes in a garment. One in three students admitted to wearing 'good luck underwear' to try to boost exam chances, according to a poll for pen makers, Bic.

The same poll suggested that 60% of students change their diet before a test in the hope that it can increase their brain power and memory – oily fish and fruit and vegetables are at the top of the list. This is good as long as you don't stuff your face with junk food all year long and decide to go healthy just for the exam.

Making the extra effort to succeed is good but if you haven't put in the hours of study, nothing will help you. Patrick Wilson, former teacher and founder of a private tuition firm, says: "The best way to feel truly confident and help beat that stomach-churning exam angst is to prepare for each exam in advance, making sure you have a dedicated structure for your revision schedule."

Wilson helped to create a guide for avoiding the last-minute jitters. It advises the revision timetable to start up to ten weeks before the exam, dividing learning into chunks. Don't overload yourself. Students should also give themselves regular rewards and breaks during revision. People learn things in different ways and this should be taken into account. I learn better by reading things out loud. Some colleagues believe colour-coordinating notes according to subject can produce good results too.

But there's a consensus against spending the night before the exam studying. If you don't get enough sleep, not even good luck underwear will help you pass the test.

词汇

to calm my nerves 镇定我紧张的神经
to make a fuss 大惊小怪,大做文章
to boost 提升
brain power 脑力,智力
memory 记忆力
to stuff your face 胡吃海塞
stomach-churning 令人反胃的
angst 焦虑,担心
revision 复习
jitters (考试前的)焦虑,紧张
overload 使超载,超负担太重
rewards 小奖励
colour-coordinating (根据不同课程)色彩协调的课堂笔记
consensus 共识,一致

测验与练习 

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Why does the author want to take jewellery to his exam?
2. True or false? More students change their diet than choose 'good luck underwear' before exams.
3. What does the author mean when he writes 'putting in the hours'?
4. Why are students advised to divide their learning into chunks?
5. Which piece of advice in the article do most people agree with?

2. 请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。从每个表格中选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. If you study hard you will not have the _________ when you sit your exam.

revision      rewards      consensus      jitters

2. Do you want to know how many students have breaks during revision? Organise _________.

a guide      chunks      a poll      colourful notes

3. You have to leave home about one hour before the exam. Even if the venue is not far from here, you should _________ into account the time it'll take for you to find the correct room.

take      think      make      calculate

4. You've got a good mark so you _________. I'll take you to a fancy bar for a drink.

stuff your face      deserve a reward      made a fuss      wear underpants

5. You should change your _________ or you're going to get fat.

fruit      junk food      diet      health

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Why does the author want to take jewellery to his exam?
He takes a ring his grandfather gave him to the exam because it makes him feel secure.

2. True or false? More students change their diet than choose 'good luck underwear' before exams.
True. The article says one in three students choose 'good luck underwear', so it's around 33%. The number of people changing their diet is 60%.

3. What does the author mean when he writes 'putting in the hours'?
He means spending many hours studying.

4. Why are students advised to divide their learning into chunks?
Because if they don't, they might overload their mind with too much to study.

5. Which piece of advice in the article do most people agree with?
The advice not to spend the night before the exam revising, because it is necessary to sleep well. Students should go to an exam feeling rested.

2. 请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。从每个表格中选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. If you study hard you will not have the jitters when you sit your exam.

2. Do you want to know how many students have breaks during revision? Organise a poll.

3. You have to leave home about one hour before the exam. Even if the venue is not far from here, you should take into account the time it'll take for you to find the correct room.

4. You've got a good mark so you deserve a reward. I'll take you to a fancy bar for a drink.

5. You should change your diet or you're going to get fat.