In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m going to let you in on a secret: You need to study to do well on that test or exam. Sorry, I know that it is boring and there are a lot of other things that you would rather do, but there’s no way around it. If you want the good grades, you’re going to have to work for them. However, there is more to it than just hitting the books. There are other things that you need to be doing besides highlighting that textbook.
If you read and do all of your other helpful study tips, you are setting yourself up for some good results on your test. What you need to do next is as important as all of the term memorizing and acronym making. You need to make sure that all of the other aspects in your life will help you score that A+. You don’t want to be doing anything that could botch up all of your hard work.
You need to go beyond the books and think about your pre-test prep. FYI: It begins a lot earlier than those thirty minutes before it’s time to sit your test. If you’re not sure what to do, take a look at seven things you need to do before your big exam.
Take A BreakEven if you want to, you cannot effectively study for five hours straight. We're humans, not robots. Mind you, I don't think a robot could study for that long. You need to give yourself breaks every now and again so you can recharge. When you do get back to studying, you'll feel refreshed and you'll have a clearer idea about what to focus on. Image source: iStock
Get A Friend To Be Your Emergency HelpIf you're terrified about sleeping through your exam or getting lost, arrange with a friend that you'll help each other out. You can make an arrangement to meet up somewhere before the test or you can agree that you will call each other in the morning to ensure that you're both awake. Image source: iStock
Eat A Good BreakfastIf you normally skip breakfast, this is one time that you need to make time to tuck in. Your brain needs fuel to function properly. You do not want to be the person who gets lightheaded one hour into the test because they couldn't even eat a banana or a piece of toast. Also, when I say that you need to eat something, I mean actual food. Having a coffee does not count. Image source: iStock
Get A Good Night's SleepPulling an all-nighter might seem like a good idea because you get that many more hours of studying, but it really isn't. You might have to do it for finishing an assignment but don't do it for taking an exam. At worst, you'll fall asleep during the exam. At best, you will be so tired that you won't be able to think straight and you'll be writing ten times slower than your normally would. Our brains recharge and process info while we sleep so try and get a good eight hours before that test. Image source: iStock
Have A PlanIt's essential to know when and where your exam is, but you also need to have a plan about how that day is going to do. Are you going to show up early to study at school? What do you need to bring with you? Do you need any kind of special equipment? If so, pack everything you need for your test the day before. Then pack extras. You never know when your calculator is going to go crazy or your pen is going to dry up. Image source: iStock
Focus Your ThoughtsI'm not just talking about focusing on the correct answers to your test. You also need to focus on the situation. You're probably stressing about what this will mean for your final mark, your GPA, your college admissions, your future job, your life, etc. Stop. You need to get all of that stuff out of your head. What you need to focus on is just the task at hand. If you're into meditating, this is the time to do it. Image source: iStock
Make An Emergency KitHaving your school supplies is essential, but there are other unexpected things you might need during your test. Even if you're not sick, stash tissues in your bag or pocket. You never know when a runny nose might come on. You don't want to have to use your sleeve when you're stuck in your exam seat. A lot of schools allow water so look into what type of bottle you're allowed and pack that. We all know exam room temperatures can be crazy and that dry mouth is real. Image source: iStock
What other things do you do before a test? Let us know in the comments!
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