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Things to do (and not do) before an exam

By Scampbell 04 Dec 2017

Exam season is upon us and we want to make sure you absolutely smash it!


That's why we have put together a handy list of things you should and probably shouldn't do before your exams to make sure you have the best mindset and 100% concentration.

Everyone works differently and you might think you've got this BUT have you really thought about everything?

  • DO have a filling & healthy breakfast

    Sometimes you might wake up thinking, "I'd LOVE a fry up" and that's fine but just not before an exam! Something light like cereal, a bagel porridge or with some fruit will give you energy without making you feel too lethargic. Need some inspo?
  • DO wear something comfortable
    Imagine sitting in an exam hall for over two hours in tight, uncomfortable clothes? Throw a hoodie and your comfiest jeans on and you'll feel loads better. Plus, you won't waste time thinking about anything except your answers. 
  • DO some exercise in the morning

    Whether you love it or hate it, exercise is good for the brain. This doesn't mean running a 10k, you could do a home workout or yoga to wake you up but not tire yourself out either. 
    Need some inspo?
  • DO go to the loo just before
    Sorry to sound like your parents but do you really want to be busting for the loo and in the middle of answering a 25-mark question? Go just before so you don't have to break off and ask the invigilator to accompany you - awkward!
  • DON'T eat a curry the night before

    This follows the previous point for a reason. Make sure you don't copy that Will from Inbetweeners moment because, well, it would be pretty horrible! Just be careful to not have anything that could upset your stomach.
  • DON'T stay up all night/have a late night
    You might think you're better off cramming in 5 hours of revision the night before but it's not effective. Have a chilled evening and try to get about 8 hours of sleep and you'll wake up refreshed! Let your neighbours know you've got an exam so they won't come in at 3am waking you up - hopefully. 
  • DON'T rush around in the morning

    Wake up in good time and then you can eat your nice breakfast, fit in your workout and make your way to your exam. There's nothing worse than rushing around and getting yourself in a flap.

Good luck, it'll be all over before you know it!

Topics

Advice, Exams, Top Tips

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