In the weeks and days before the exam, you studied and reviewed intensively. Now, the day of the exam is here. By following a few physical and psychological strategies, you can get an even higher score. Here are seven simple tips for those crucial pre-test hours.
Sleep: Get enough sleep the night before the exam. If you are cloudy-headed because of a lack of sleep, you won’t be able to perform at your best. Sleep a few extra hours instead of studying a few extra hours.
Food: Eat moderately and avoid a heavy meal. If you eat too much, your brain will have to devote energy to the process of digestion. If you skip a meal altogether, your brain will have inadequate fuel to function well.
Drinks: Don’t drink alcohol the night before your exam. It upsets the chemical balance in your body and affects the way your brain functions. Your body and brain need water. Research has proven that your brain performs more efficiently when well-hydrated.
Handling Anxiety: Practice deep breathing techniques if you find yourself becoming nervous or overwhelmed. By breathing correctly, you can provide your brain with fuel to help it perform better.
Positive Visualization: This is a powerful psychological technique that can be used to enhance your positive feelings and diminish the negative ones. You can create changes in your heart rate, skin temperature, and brainwave patterns by the thoughts you evoke. Imagine a positive outcome: see yourself doing well, recalling the information easily and remaining calm and in control.
Choose good surroundings: Make sure you are studying in a clean and quiet room. This may mean leaving your house. Public libraries or a quiet park are good options. People tend to study and focus better in a brighter, oxygenated room with little noise. Turn the TV off to cut off any distractions and allow your brain to focus on the task at hand.
Take Breaks: Breaks can turn into a detour—checking your phone, Facebook, Twitter, etc…take study breaks to get the mind rejuvenated so you have enough time to reset your mind to focus on the task at hand. This period of time will have you ready to come back to your work and attack it with renewed energy!
Try some of these tips to find what fits into your learning style, and good luck on your next exam!