Late nights, bad food, caffeine crashes, and light sleeping.
Notes, readings, more notes, and a big side dish of cramming.
While I’m far from being a whiz in the exam category, I have picked up on a few small details that can help. They’re not your usual tips so have an open mind!
- Skip pressing the snooze button ten times. Rather than staying up late, go to bed at a decent hour and get up early. Mornings are a lot more relaxed when you’re not rushing to get somewhere after sleeping in! Also note, that waking up before everyone else means less distractions. Reduce your stress levels wherever you can.
- Drinks lots of water. You’ll be surprised how much water can help your energy levels! It’s not all about coffee (especially if your coffee has a lot of sugar). You could even make a tea to change things up.
- Have a good lunch or breakfast – skips the sugars. A small change in your diet, like drinking more water, can make a big change. If breakfast cereal is usually your go-to, try oatmeal instead topped with some fresh fruits. A bowl of oats, with banana slices and some natural peanut butter on top is still just as tasty, and you won’t crash after like you would with sugar and empty carbs.
- If you need a study break, exercise. Sweat. Go for a run, or go for a walk. Do something active! This will get those gears turning again for some more studying.
- When you look good, you feel good. I’m sure you’ve heard of that one before? Guys – run a comb through your hair and throw on your favourite shirt. Ladies – powder on some blush and strut your stuff to that exam. If you’re not confident about the test, looking the part is the next best thing. Just make sure you don’t use any new products! The last thing you need is an allergic reaction during crunch time (sadly I am speaking from experience… so trust me).
- Last but not least, and probably my favourite: timing of your pre-test food is crucial. It’s not only distracting and uncomfortable for yourself, but also for those around you. Nobody wants to hear stomach rumbling as they try to read over their questions. Not to mention, (speaking from experience again) it’s extremely hard to stay calm when you’re more focused on timing your coughs to line up with your tummy growls.
Best of luck to everyone as finals approach!