I hope everyone is well and not feeling too stressed. I’m looking forward to submitting my dissertation but that’s a subject for another time. I used my last post to pass on my top tips for preparing for undergraduate examinations at university, particularly essay style exams. For this post, I am going to pass on my tips of how best to utilise the final 24 hours before an exam. These are all tips I have used myself to ensure that I go into the exam feeling good and ready to do myself justice. Hopefully some of them will work for you.
- Quality over Quantity
I’m not a big believer in cramming in too much revision at the last minute. For one thing, it is arguably too late for the material to be adequately memorised. For another, risking mental burnout in the exam by staying up late the previous night is not worth doing. Nevertheless, writing some practice answers or writing bullet point essay plans has worked for me. The more realistic the revision is to the exam, the better. Just please don’t write too much so your hand is not worn out in the exam.
Keeping happy and reducing anxiety should be one of the main goals of the last day before the exam. Make sure you spend some of the time chilling out. Ideally doing some exercise is best, but if you’re not into fitness, then anything that relaxes you (so long as it is legal) should be worth doing.
- Eat Right and Thrive
Whatever your normal diet, make a real effort to eat healthy food in the 24 hours preceding the exam. Also, eat a decent (but not large) meal about 90-120 minutes before the exam and drink plenty of water. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But it’s scary how many people don’t follow the basics!
- Focus on the game plan
So long as you revised diligently and listened to the exam guidance from the module leaders, nothing too much should go wrong provided you keep your focus. Again, just to do the basics. Read the question carefully. Plan your answer. Make sure every paragraph helps answer the question.
I wish everyone good luck with your exams.