• Helen

Week starting 9 November

In this final blog, I am going to answer the big question of “What to do on the day?” and give you some final exam day tips to make sure you are 100% ready to go in the exam and absolutely smash it.

1. The day before


If you can, stop revising for your subject the afternoon before exam day. Instead of using the final hours to cram, take a nice walk in the park, do some exercise to get your juices flowing for the next day.

Sometimes your brain might feel empty the day before and it is absolutely okay to feel that way. The one sentence you need to tell yourself the day before is

“You’ve done good. You’ll do good.”

2. Get a good night sleep


You would want to be refreshed the morning of your exam day with a clear and focused mind ready to take up whatever challenge is ahead of you. The key to a good brain is a good sleep. Make sure you go to bed early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.

3. Breakfast is very important for morning exams


Eat a hearty breakfast! One that’s going to fuel your brain in the next 2-3 hours. I highly recommend a nice bowl of oats or some wholesome peanut butter on toast. If you’re not a fan, eat something you like because this can contribute to lifting your mood hence your confidence!

4. Light lunch for an afternoon exam


If your exam is in the afternoon, make sure to fuel yourself at lunch with something that’s not going to cost you an “afternoon slump”. This means you can opt for a light salad with lots of grains and greens but not a whole of sugar and carbohydrates.

5. The Superhero pose - the moments before G-hour


I took the last 30-45mins before the exam really seriously. I always had the habit of showing up to my exam venue early, making sure I have everything I needed and that I am in fact at the right place at the right time (Don’t laugh, it can happen).

When I was in high school and still now in university, I found exam related discussions to only cause anxiety and shake my confidence so I’ve always avoided them as best as I could. Instead, before the exam I intentionally put my body into “Superhero” pose. Now this might sound funny but it can psychologically put you in a much more confident mindset which is beneficial for the exam. It’s become an exam ritual for me for every single assessment. If you have your own ritual that you do before an exam I would strongly encourage you to use it.

6. Take a deep breath and go for it


Now you’re in the exam room, sitting nicely at your designated desk. Make sure everything you need is within your reach, your phone is turned off completely and placed in your pocket. The invigilator reads the exam regulations and hands out exam papers at the same time as checking your student ID and everything else.

“Your time starts now.”

“You’ve done good. You’ll do good.”

Go for it. You will do wonderfully.

All the very best,

Helen.

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