Why is it that some high schools and colleges choose to hang the Sword of Damocles over students' heads during the holidays? I'm talking about tests. Finals, and in some cases even mid-terms, looming right after year-end holiday break can cause the acid to churn in students' stomachs. Things have gotten better recently for some colleges (Harvard, for example now tests before holiday break), but others (Princeton, for example) still set The Sword over their students' heads. High schools get in on the act, too, causing indigestion during those delicious Christmas dinners.
So, what can you do to optimize your test-taking skills (and attitudes) in the face of this kind of pressure? In fact, to rephrase, what can you do to optimize your test-taking attitudes, period?