You’ve been preparing for your exams for a long time, and now the day is finally here. When the time for your exam finally comes, you want to be ready for the inevitable stress and nerves that will come to you. Here’s how you can prepare.
Before the exam:
Don’t pull an all-nighter. Get some sleep!
It is very important that you are well-rested for your exam. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep to have your mind and body ready for the big day. This means that you should not spend the night cramming all the information you can. Doing some last-minute revision before you go to bed is fine, but don’t try to squeeze new material into your brain all night long. Just go through what you’ve already reviewed and don’t miss your bedtime.
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You’ve heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need fuel in your body if you want to have the energy to do an exam. Plus, there’s nothing worse than having your tummy rumble in the middle of a silent exam hall. Make sure you’ve eaten something before you start your exam; your stomach will appreciate it.
Go to the toilet
It sounds like advice for three-year-olds, but you cannot imagine the number of students that need to go to the toilet during an exam… even at university. It is very uncomfortable to sit for an hour or two need to go. It’s even more uncomfortable to have to ask to leave the exam hall and be escorted by one of the invigilators. Oh, and you waste precious time. It’s all disadvantages, so make sure you go to the toilet before your exam starts.
A lot of students bring their entire notebook to study until right before the exam starts. That is excessive and useless. What you could do instead is make a couple of flashcards with either very important concepts for the exam or with things you’ve struggled to learn when revising. Don’t have more than a sheet of paper; they are supposed to be brief notes to remind you of those crucial things you might forget otherwise, not remind you of the entire course.
After the exam:
Don’t talk about it with your friends
It’s almost inevitable, but try not to discuss your exam answers with others. All your friends will bombard you with questions regarding the exam, and that’s when you’ll realise how different your answers are from everyone else’s. This might stress you out and make you think you’ve failed your exam – after all, if someone has put a different answer to yours, they must be correct, right? Well, not necessarily. You could be right, or wrong, but either way, you cannot do anything about it… So why stress about it? The less you discuss the exam with your friends, the less stressed and worried you will be.
Get some rest
If you have no more exams for the rest of the day, dedicate a few hours to rest. Watch a movie, go for a walk, read a book or hang out with friends. Get your mind off exams and studying doing something else. You’ve earned a rest after a long exam, so take it. If you have another exam later in the day, try to get some rest regardless, and unwind properly once the day ends. Avoid cramming or doing intense revision between exams or right after one, or else your brain might explode.
The most important thing is that you’ve completed your exam. You’ve done the best you could, and hopefully, you will get the grade you are aiming for. If you don’t do as well as you hoped to, it’s not the end of the world. You will do better in other exams, and you can always resit exams if it becomes necessary. Be proud of your effort and don’t stress about results day – that’s a fight for another day!
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You are more prepared than you think you are. Believe in yourself, put in your maximum effort and you will do great in your exams.