It’s so close to summer vacation that you can almost taste the slurpies and smell the sunblock, but before we get there, we have to get through exams. Exams are the best way to test large volumes of students, but they certainly aren’t always a reflection of your abilities. Still, mastering the art of exam preparation will mean that you do your very best and that will help to improve your marks. Just like you learn how to drive or swim, you need to learn how to take exams too.
Sure you want to live on a diet of energy drinks and candy, but this is no way to fuel your brain. If you were running a marathon, you’d carbo load and hydrate and you need to do the same with your mental workouts. Your brain needs protein and carbohydrates to function optimally, without sufficient fuel, you won’t be able to think fast and you’ll feel tired too. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink your eight glasses of water a day.
Who has time for sleep? You do. Pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam will leave your brain so tired that you won’t have access to the higher cognitive functions you need to perform at your peak. All that information you crammed into your brain at the last minute will be pretty useless if you can’t access it or use it effectively, so make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep before an exam. Can’t sleep because exams make you anxious? Add some lavender to your diet to calm your nerves.
Exams are stressful enough without having to rush around on the morning before your big test. Get organized the night before. Make sure you have decided what to wear, that you have everything you need (don’t forget calculators, pens and other accessories) and that you have a ride to the exam venue that is reliable. Set an alarm and make sure that you have everything you need.
Put your game face on
Don’t get yourself worked up by asking your friends what they learned and worrying that you have studies the wrong things. Keep calm and breathe.
While a coffee may seem like a great way to start the day, make sure you drink it at least 1 hour before the exam so that you won’t need to use the bathroom.
Think about all the studying you have done and work you have completed throughout the year to get to this point. Don’t worry about anything; being anxious will negatively affect your performance and relax… you’ve got this!