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Naturally, the focus when you are preparing for exams will be towards revising and learning. However, to learn and perform as well as you can, you need to take care of yourself both physically and psychologically.
It is important to prepare yourself for the exam. For example:
Choose what you are going to wear. Dress like you mean business – whatever that means for you. (Are you more alert in your pyjamas or in smart-casual?) This will put you in the right frame of mind psychologically (Dress sleepy, think sleepy!).
Plan to get enough sleep.
Be well-watered – keep your brain hydrated so that it can function at its best.
Food – have breakfast
Slow-release carbs (Porridge)
Long-chain Omega-3 (Smoked mackerel)
Build your confidence by taking control. You can do this by:
Budgeting your time
Tips for feeling in control are:
Don’t do the questions in order
Do quicker / easier questions first
Aim for the easiest marks first, or…
Do the questions you like first
Going blank in the exam
What about if your mind goes blank? Here are some suggestions:
Jog your memory by brainstorming thoughts onto paper
Take a couple of minutes time out (Stress inhibits thought processes and creativity)
Take slow deep breaths
Think of something/somewhere else
The chances are that an idea will come to you – This will lead to other connected ideas
Skip the question and come back to it later.
Here is an activity to review the above information.