10 Things to Do Just Before Taking Any Test or Exam – College Reality Check (2023)

It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous before an exam. In fact, it’s good to be a little anxious as it can help sharpen your mind and enhance your focus, thus increasing your chances of getting a high score. But it’s an entirely different story if you are incredibly nervous, which can be kept to a minimum by gearing up very well for the big day.

As a general rule, lightly reviewing, preparing the necessary materials, and getting a good night’s sleep are three must-dos before taking any test or exam. The following morning, waking up early, having a healthy breakfast, and getting to the venue in advance is important.

Staying calm and positive is essential during the test.

Exams are important as they help point out your strengths and weaknesses. They also encourage you to develop diligence, perseverance, patience and many other qualities that can help you succeed beyond school.

Instead of complaining about difficult tests that come one after the other, it’s a much better idea to do your best to ace every exam that comes your way.

Below, you will come across 10 things to do just before taking a test. We will answer an assortment of questions, from “when should I start studying?” to “what should I do one hour before an exam?”

But before anything else, let’s clear things up:

  • What this article is. This article will share some definitive tips and tricks on boosting your chances of getting a score enough to impress yourself, your teacher, or the admissions officers at your dream college. You can apply everything you will learn here, whether you are about to take a chemistry quiz or the SAT.
  • What this article isn’t. This article isn’t going to cover studying for a test in advance. Ideally, you should prepare for an exam anywhere from three days to three months, depending on what test you will take. As a matter of fact, this article will start by giving you tips for the night before the exam.

Now that you know what this article is and isn’t, let’s get started!

Do a Light Review of the Test Material

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First things first: you should study for a test several days to a few months in advance. This will let you cover everything included in the test and allow you plenty of time to learn and memorize them, too.

Studying everything that needs to be studied the night before the exam day won’t work!

Besides, you will need to give your brain enough time to rest. In a few, we will discuss why getting seven to nine hours of sleep is a must before an exam — so keep on reading.

However, it doesn’t mean that there is no need to study before bedtime. Before hopping into bed, it’s a great idea to lightly review things that you are still struggling with. Then, to help you learn them better, write them by hand as it can help improve memory.

Never use the night as a full-blown study session.

Otherwise, you might end up facing the test the next day with an exhausted brain, thus keeping you from getting the score that you want or need.

Prepare Materials a Night Before Test

There’s no denying that preparation is vital for a successful exam. It’s not just your mind that you should prepare but also the materials that you will need for test-taking.

It’s the night before the important day when you should get everything you’ll need to have. This can help save you from being stressed the following day, gathering all of them. Also, more importantly, it can help keep you from forgetting something and having to go back home to get it.

Some of the things that you might need to bring are:

  • Sharpened #2 pencils. Bring two to three of them to be safe.
  • Eraser. The eraser at the other end of a pencil may damage the answer sheet.
  • Handheld sharpener. It’s a good idea to sharpen all your pencils before taking a test.
  • Calculator. Check in advance if the model of your calculator is allowed.

Depending on the test, you might also need to bring with you a photo ID and drinks and snacks. Make sure that you research the things that you will need to have for the exam.

Reduce Stress by Watching TV or Listening Music

It’s no secret that test-taking is one of the most stressful and nerve-racking things about going to school. This is most especially true for exams that can substantially impact your life as a student, such as midterms and finals and standardized ones like the SAT and ACT.

There is no other way to score high on an exam than studying days or even months in advance.

But the night before a test, as mentioned earlier, a light review is the only thing you need to do — your brain needs to be given the opportunity to rest and recuperate, thus allowing it to perform optimally during the exam.

The importance of de-stressing cannot be stressed enough. Luckily, there are many things that you may do to get rid of exam-related stress and anxiety. Some wonderful examples are:

  • Watching a couple of episodes of your favorite TV sitcom.
  • Checking out a handful of funny cat videos on YouTube.
  • Listening to a few songs by your preferred artist.
  • Reading a few pages of a new sci-fi paperback novel.
  • Engaging in your chosen handicraft.
  • Painting a picture using your kind of medium.
  • Soaking in a warm bath with soothing essential oils.

No matter which stress-busting activity you partake in, pretend like there’s no exam to take tomorrow.

Besides, lowering your stress and anxiety levels can make it so much easier to have another must-have the night before taking a test, and we will talk about it next.

Sleep at Least 7-8 Hours

Refrain from assuming that spending the night in front of piles of study materials than in dreamland will help you get the test score of your wildest dreams.

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Did you know that, based on research, students who sleep more tend to get better grades?

It’s because of this why pulling an all-nighter is strongly discouraged — you should spend one to two hours per day a few days before the test date arrives rather than give up sleeping the night before. If you don’t know the most important pieces of information by the night before the test, you will never know them.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to have seven to nine hours of high-quality sleep before the grand day.

Still, it’s a case-to-case basis.

For example, some students might need nine long hours of sleep for their minds and bodies to perform the following day optimally, while others might do just fine having five or six hours of sleep.

No one knows how much sleep you need more than you, but a rule of thumb is at least 7-8 hours of sleep is needed for most people.

But before you call it a night, make sure that you set an alarm or two. It’s also a good idea to get a family member or friend, particularly one who’s a morning lark, to give you a call in the morning.

Wake Up At Least an Hour Before Test

It’s not enough that you get seven to nine hours of sleep the night before an exam. It’s of utmost importance that you wake up early on the day of the test, too, and it’s for a couple of reasons:

  • To make sure that you won’t be late for the exam. There is no use in preparing for an important test for days if you won’t be able to get to the venue on time.
  • To give your brain enough time to boot up. Sleep experts say that it takes about 30 minutes to one hour after waking up before your brain can function very well.

However, it doesn’t mean that you should wake up only 30 to 60 minutes before the test starts. You should also consider the time it will take for you to gear up for the challenge ahead and the time it will take for you to get to the exam venue, be it your own school, another school, or a test center.

You should also wake up early enough to have the time to hit the shower. Many studies have proven that people who shower in the morning are more alert and less stressed.

Besides, waking up early will also give you enough time to carry out the next vital step before a test.

Eat Breakfast Rich in Grains, Fat and Protein

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Similarly, having breakfast can spell the difference between a phenomenal and an abysmal test score.

According to research, students who eat breakfast perform so much better in exams.

But don’t just eat anything that you can get your hands on before you head out and take your test. Your breakfast must include foods that supply your mind and body with nutrients that can help boost your test performance.

Some of those that you should eat for breakfast include:

  • Whole grains. Oatmeal, quinoa, millet, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-grain breakfast cereals — all of these can give you a steady dose of energy throughout the exam.
  • Protein. With the optional tests, the SAT can take three hours and 50 minutes, and the ACT can take three hours and 30 minutes to complete. To keep your tummy from complaining, it’s a good idea to have some protein for breakfast. Eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese and turkey sausage are all good sources of protein.
  • Healthy fat. Your brain needs fat for proper functioning. But don’t just have any fat if you want nothing but a stellar test score — ensure that you opt for healthy fat like peanut butter, avocado and salmon.

For best results, it’s not just your breakfast on the day of a test that should be healthy. It’s a must for your every meal to be nutritious and well-balanced, too, especially when you start studying for it.

Head Out in Advance to Avoid Stress of Being Late

If you arrive at the test center after the SAT or ACT test has started, you won’t be let in — you will have to reschedule your test, which doesn’t come free of charge and can definitely leave you feeling frustrated and defeated. If you arrive late for the biology test, the teacher might turn you away or let you make do with the remaining time.

There is no point in being completely prepared for a test if you are tardy.

One very common excuse for being late is traffic-related issues. If you live in the heart of the city or the test will start right after rush hour, it’s a must that you head to the venue ahead of time. On any test day, it’s a much better idea to arrive earlier than everybody else, including the proctor, than to fail to have the chance to take the exam.

Besides, arriving early gives you plenty of time to calm down. In a few, you will learn why it’s important to lower your stress and anxiety levels just before you begin to fill in those bubbles — so don’t stop reading now.

Use the Bathroom If You Had Soda or Coffee

Before the test starts, it’s a good idea to head to the bathroom and pee so that you don’t have to do so right in the middle of the exam, thus keeping you from finishing on time.

Many students consume coffee, soda, energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages to stay awake and focused during an exam. However, it’s not really a good idea to drink anything that has caffeine, especially in large amounts.

There are a couple of reasons why you should steer clear of caffeinated beverages:

  • They will make you even more anxious. As mentioned earlier, a little nervousness can work to your advantage. Too much anxiety, on the other hand, can have an unfavorable effect on your score.
  • They will make you urinate a lot. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it can cause increased urine production. Because a test is usually timed, going to the bathroom often to pee is not an option.

It can be hard to focus on your exam if your bladder is constantly grabbing your attention. To keep that from happening, refrain from consuming caffeinated beverages before the test. Believe it or not, staying hydrated by drinking water can help you stay awake and energized throughout the exam.

But remember to take small sips of water only to keep at bay constant bathroom trips.

Calm the Mind and Body

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As the test time comes closer and closer, it can be easy for students to feel even more nervous. Again, it’s completely normal to feel a little anxious, whether you prepared a lot or prepared insufficiently for the exam.

What should I do one just before the SAT or ACT test?

The only helpful thing you can do an hour before the test is trying to calm down. The best technique to calm down before taking a test is standing in Wonder Woman pose for several minutes. A Wonder Woman is known to decrease cortisol (stress hormone) and increase testosterone (dominance hormone).

This is a question that may pop into your head no matter if you are already at the venue or still on your way. Well, the best way to spend the time you have left before the proctor announces “you may begin!” is to keep your anxiety levels to a bare minimum.

Last-minute cramming is a complete waste of time because it’s unlikely that you will remember everything.

So, instead of going through your review notes at lightning speeds, which will not help you get a better score, do any or some of the following proven-effective tips on calming your mind and body, too:

  • Take slow deep breaths. A quick way to lower your respiratory rate for optimum relaxation is by doing the box breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose to the count of four, hold your breath for four seconds, exhale via your mouth to the count of four, and hold your breath for four seconds. Repeat until you feel relaxed.
  • Hum. Believe it or not, your voice box is connected to your vagus nerve, a very long nerve that can trigger a relaxation response. This is why humming, especially your favorite songs, can help you stay calm before an exam. It’s for the same reason why making “om” sounds while meditating works.
  • Do a power pose. Lacking self-confidence can leave you anxious before a test. A quick way to boost your self-confidence is by doing a power pose, also called Wonder Woman or Superman pose. Stand up straight, spread your legs, place your hands on your hips and puff out your chest — pretty much the pose a superhero makes upon arriving at the scene.

Think Positively

Your test score does not define you. It’s because of this exactly why colleges, including highly selective ones, take a look at other things than just GPAs and SAT and ACT scores. Still, it’s nice to get a high test score, especially if you have prepared really well for the exam.

Want proof? Read here about “passing” SAT tests without studying and here about low and high ACT scores.

According to research, the brain is around 31% more productive than when it is in a negative state.

It’s due to this why you should maintain a positive mindset before and during the exam — with a more productive brain, you will be able to analyze questions so much better and recall important information without much trouble. Positive thinking also gives you much-needed self-confidence so that you won’t be tempted to quit.

On the other hand, negative thinking can make you feel down and stressed, and feeling down and stressed can make you think even more negatively. It’s a vicious circle!

And before the test starts, stay away from people who feel that they will fail the exam for sure — negative mindsets and emotions can be highly contagious.

Just Before You Take a Test

Never use the night before an exam for studying everything that needs to be studied. As a matter of fact, it’s best spent relaxing your mind and getting a good night’s sleep.

Above, we talked about 10 of the things to do just before taking a test. The majority of them have to be carried out immediately before the exam starts, such as using the bathroom, calming down, and thinking positively. By pairing the tips above with enough studying, acing the test — any kind of test — should be easy. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the College Reality Check.


What are the things we need to consider before taking the test? ›

Here are some tips for taking tests:
  • First, be sure you've studied properly. ...
  • Get enough sleep the night before the test. ...
  • Listen closely to any instructions. ...
  • Read the test through first. ...
  • Focus on addressing each question individually. ...
  • Relax. ...
  • Finished already?

How do you prepare your brain for an exam? ›

7 tips to sharpen your mind for exams
  1. Practice mindfulness. ...
  2. Destroy the distractions. ...
  3. If you don't snooze, you lose. ...
  4. A fit body helps a fit mind. ...
  5. Treat yo'self (to something healthy, of course) ...
  6. Pretty up the place. ...
  7. Don't be too hard on yourself!
Oct 27, 2016

What steps are important to take when preparing for test day? ›

Preparing for Tests
  • Review notes daily. ...
  • Manage your time. ...
  • Find a comfortable place to study. ...
  • Attend the class before test day. ...
  • Review - Go over your notes, the textbook, and other assigned readings.
  • Organize your notes. ...
  • Make flashcards. ...
  • Understand the material.

What are 3 strategies to use before taking a test? ›

Survey the entire test prior to taking the exam. Take a few deep breaths and relax tense muscle - repeat throughout the test. Read directions carefully - ask questions. Answer easier questions first - this will help calm you down.

What should a student avoid doing the night before an exam? ›

Don't drink too much water: While it's always important to stay hydrated, you will want to avoid drinking too much water the night before an exam as having a full bladder could wake you up during the night to use the bathroom. Sleep is really important before an exam, so you don't want any interruptions.

How can I reduce my exam anxiety before an exam? ›

Here are some strategies that may help reduce your test anxiety:
  1. Learn how to study efficiently. ...
  2. Study early and in similar places. ...
  3. Establish a consistent pretest routine. ...
  4. Talk to your teacher. ...
  5. Learn relaxation techniques. ...
  6. Don't forget to eat and drink. ...
  7. Get some exercise. ...
  8. Get plenty of sleep.

What should you not do while testing? ›

What Not to Do on the Day of a Standardized Test
  1. of 08. Study For the First Time. ...
  2. of 08. Roll Out Of Bed 30 Minutes Before the Test. ...
  3. of 08. Wear Uncomfortable Clothes. ...
  4. of 08. Wear Clothes That Are Too Comfortable. ...
  5. of 08. Skip Breakfast. ...
  6. of 08. Eat Garbage for Breakfast. ...
  7. of 08. Take up running/P90X/Xtreme downhill skiing. ...
  8. of 08.
Jul 3, 2019

How can I refresh my brain fast? ›

5 Tactics to Refresh Your Mind and Increase Productivity
  1. Schedule Purposeful Breaks. Give yourself permission to take a purposeful break. ...
  2. Practice Quieting Your Mind. One example of quieting your mind is to focus on your breathing. ...
  3. Listen to Calming Music. ...
  4. Take a Walk. ...
  5. Take a Break from Social Media.

What is the best brain food before exams? ›

Healthy brain food for studying includes: Protein — meat, fish, eggs, poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds, dried beans and lentils, dairy products and soy products. Protein helps your brain send messages to the rest of your body, and helps create brain chemicals that improve your mood.

How can I warm up my brain? ›

Here is a list of 10 ways you can warm up your brain and mentally prepare for a big day at school or work.
  1. Get a good night sleep. ...
  2. Drink plenty of water. ...
  3. Move your body. ...
  4. Lift your mood and energy levels. ...
  5. Do a brain dump. ...
  6. Sit still and focus on your breath for 5 minutes. ...
  7. Have a low GI healthy breakfast.
Mar 12, 2012

What 4 things must I bring on the day of the test? ›

What to Bring
  • Admission ticket.
  • A valid photo ID.
  • No. 2 pencils with erasers.
  • An acceptable calculator with extra batteries.
  • A watch to keep track of time.
  • Drinks and snacks (for the break)

What should I do 1 hour before the test? ›

What should I do 1 hour before an exam?
  • Make sure you've studied all that you can.
  • Get your stuff ready.
  • Relax.
  • Plan something to look forward to after the exam.
  • Set an alarm.
  • Sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast.
  • Be on time (or even early).

What is one thing you should do the night before a test? ›

Take a nap

Many people think that sacrificing sleep for study time is a must the night before their exam, but multiple studies show that getting enough sleep (6.5 – 8 hours) is a vital way to consolidate key information.

What are the 12 test taking strategies? ›

12 test-taking strategies
  • Study exam materials. ...
  • Attend preparation courses. ...
  • Consider taking a practice test. ...
  • Rest the night before the exam. ...
  • Arrive early. ...
  • Save the challenging questions for last. ...
  • Read questions several times before selecting an answer. ...
  • Identify keywords.
Feb 3, 2023

What are 5 ways to study a test? ›

Follow these study tips to make your best grade!
  • Get informed. Don't walk into your test unprepared for what you will face. ...
  • Think like your teacher. ...
  • Make your own study aids. ...
  • Practice for the inevitable. ...
  • Study every day. ...
  • Cut out the distractions. ...
  • Divide big concepts from smaller details. ...
  • Don't neglect the “easy” stuff.

What are the 5 steps to create a test plan? ›

5 steps to create (and execute) a test plan for your new product or feature
  1. Analyze the product or feature you're testing. ...
  2. Design the test strategies (and approach) you're going to use. ...
  3. Define the test objectives and pass/fail criteria. ...
  4. Plan the test environment.
Feb 19, 2020

What is the first and most important step in planning for a test? ›

Perhaps one of the most important tasks in creating the test plan is to review it. The first review should be a team review involving members of the test team with knowledge of the content.

Why you shouldn't study the day before an exam? ›

The day before a big test can make or break your test performance, especially if you suffer from test anxiety. You may think that you should spend that day cramming for the test, trying to cover every morsel of information you may have missed in your study efforts. This is the last thing you should do!

Should you study right before a test? ›

Ideally, studying should start at least five days in advance of the exam to allow students an ample amount of time to go over course concepts and materials, and reach out to their instructor or peers if they find they have any questions.

Is it bad to stay up all night studying for an exam? ›

It impairs your cognitive function

Sleep deprivation impacts your cognitive function by affecting your memory, ability to concentrate and your problem-solving skills. Put simply, you're not at your best after staying up all night, which means it's the worst time to take a test.

How do I stop my mind from going blank in exams? ›

  1. Step 1: Acceptance. If you're stuck with a mind blank in an exam, pushing yourself to try to force your way through that mental blank isn't going to work. ...
  2. Step 2: Meditation. ...
  3. Step 3: Hydration. ...
  4. Step 4: Self-Talk. ...
  5. Step 5: Self-Confirmation. ...
  6. Step 6: Have a Plan!

How do I overcome test anxiety in college? ›

The Day of the Test:
  1. Begin your day with breakfast and avoid caffeine if it causes caffeine jitters.
  2. Try to do something calming and relaxing the hour before the test.
  3. Do not cram right before the test-last minute cramming will cloud your memory of the overall concepts of the course.
  4. Arrive at the test location early.

How can I stop exam stress? ›

Coping with exam stress
  1. keep fit by taking some exercise you enjoy.
  2. relax, perhaps by sitting quietly or meditating.
  3. eat well, but healthily.
  4. get sufficient sleep.
  5. take some planned time away from study, rather than feel you're avoiding revision.
  6. be pleased with your achievements as you revise.

Should I take a shower before exam? ›

So, should you actually take a shower before your exam? In short, Yes. Showering has numerous benefits. Of people who bathe regularly, 80% report warmth, relaxation, and fatigue relief.

How long before an exam should you stop studying? ›

Rest Well Before the Test

Remembering that it's best to stop studying for an exam is 12 to 24 hours before the exam, the best thing you can do with your remaining time is to rest and recharge so that you're ready to perform your best at exam time.

How do I make studying fun? ›

10 Ways to Have Fun While You Study
  1. Listen to good music. ...
  2. Turn it into a game for yourself. ...
  3. Turn it into a game with others. ...
  4. Use nice stationery. ...
  5. Try roleplay. ...
  6. Study somewhere different. ...
  7. Challenge yourself. ...
  8. Write comics, short stories or songs.

How can I refresh my mind in 10 minutes? ›

Here are five quick things you can do to refresh your focus:
  1. Take a walk outside. ...
  2. Drink a glass of water. ...
  3. Related: How to Achieve a State of Total Concentration.
  4. Breathe in or diffuse lemon essential oil. ...
  5. Eat something healthy. ...
  6. Take a nap. ...
  7. Related: 4 Strategies to Sharpen Your Focus.
Oct 16, 2013

How do I reset my brain to focus? ›

5 Tips for Rebooting Your Brain
  1. Develop Healthy Sleep Habits. Sleep is our body's method of resetting and replenishing itself—including (and especially) the brain. ...
  2. Eat a Healthy Diet. There's a deeper connection between the brain and the gut than most people realized. ...
  3. Meditation/Mindfulness Exercises. ...
  4. Get Outside. ...
  5. Exercise.

What is the number 1 food for your brain? ›

Research shows that the best brain foods are the same ones that protect your heart and blood vessels, including the following: Green, leafy vegetables. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene.

What not to eat before an exam? ›

Cookies, cakes, and muffins

Cookies, cakes, muffins, and other pastries containing white flour take a lot of time and energy to digest. This energy could be used to focus on your test, but instead it will be used for digesting these tasty, yet draining foods.

Which vitamin is useful for brain before exam? ›

Vitamins B6 and B12 and folate (whole cereals, chicken, fish, eggs, soyabeans, peanuts, milk, potatoes) are essential to rid the body of homocysteine, a dangerous amino acid that in high levels has been linked with brain-cell death that causes memory and concentration problems in older adults.

What is the best exercise for brain fog? ›

* Thirty minutes of moderate intensity exercise, like brisk walking, is generally recommended. But if you can't find the time or need to work up to it, start with just a few minutes a day and add five to 10 minutes each time. * Too hot outside? Try other activities like climbing the stairs and dancing.

What games wake up your brain? ›

Games such as sudokus, crosswords and maths quizzes are a great way to clear brain-fog. Whether you prefer mathematical problems or word games, a brain puzzle in the morning will stimulate the mind and improve brain function.

What should I wear to pass a test? ›

If your outfit is making you fidget or readjust yourself, it's not a good decision. Whether you're taking the test in the spring or fall, stick with simple, no-frills choice. If it's cool outside, go with sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers. If it's warmer, a loose pair of shorts and a soft tee shirt are the way to go.

What do I do the day before a test? ›

Organize these things the night before your exam, so you can go to sleep easy and wake up with peace of mind.
  1. Collect your materials. ...
  2. Get enough sleep. ...
  3. Set your alarms. ...
  4. Lay out your outfit. ...
  5. Map out your route the night before. ...
  6. Listen to music. ...
  7. Repeat positive affirmations. ...
  8. Calm yourself with focused breathing.
Mar 1, 2022

How to study 10 minutes before a test? ›

Here's how to make the most of your cram session and study for your test in an hour or less.
  1. Find a Quiet Study Space.
  2. Review Your Study Guide.
  3. Crack Open the Textbook.
  4. Review Notes, Quizzes and Assignments.
  5. Quiz Yourself.
  6. Write Down Your Mnemonic Devices.
  7. Ask the Teacher for Help.
Sep 11, 2018

What foods to eat while studying? ›

8 super study snacks
  • Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are an ideal nutritious snack. ...
  • Berries. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, dark cherries, goji berries, and mulberries are all packed with antioxidants that help keep our memories sharp as we age. ...
  • Fruit. ...
  • Dark chocolate. ...
  • Eggs. ...
  • Cheese. ...
  • Greek yoghurt. ...
  • Olives.

Should you sleep right before an exam? ›

Good sleep can pay off even the night before an exam. Some studies have found that getting a full night's sleep before taking an exam is correlated with better grades and higher overall GPA.

Should you drink coffee before an exam? ›

Caffeine takes about 20-30 minutes to take effect, so it's best to drink coffee about 30 minutes to an hour before an exam. Drinking too much or too close to the exam may lead to jitters, nervousness, and decreased concentration, so it's important to moderate caffeine intake in coffee.

Is it better to study the night before a test or the morning of? ›

In an article by USA Today on why studying at night is a good idea, it is explained that research from the University of Nevada-Reno shows how students tend to retain information better between 11 am to 9:30 pm, a timeframe that is much later than when many college classes would start.

What not to eat or drink before an exam? ›

Cookies, cakes, and muffins

Cookies, cakes, muffins, and other pastries containing white flour take a lot of time and energy to digest. This energy could be used to focus on your test, but instead it will be used for digesting these tasty, yet draining foods.

What should I do hours before an exam? ›

Study until late afternoon and do something physical to re-oxygenate your blood and help you sleep. Have a nutritious dinner and avoid alcohol. Prepare your materials for exam day; student card, pens, pencils, eraser, calculator, watch, clear water bottle. Adequate sleep and rest is very important for your brain.

Is it bad to study all night before a test? ›

It impairs your cognitive function

Sleep deprivation impacts your cognitive function by affecting your memory, ability to concentrate and your problem-solving skills. Put simply, you're not at your best after staying up all night, which means it's the worst time to take a test.

Is it bad to study a day before an exam? ›

The day before a big test can make or break your test performance, especially if you suffer from test anxiety. You may think that you should spend that day cramming for the test, trying to cover every morsel of information you may have missed in your study efforts. This is the last thing you should do!

What drink is best before exams? ›

Water is ideal, but healthy drinks such as milk and small amounts of fruit juice count. Tea and coffee count too, but are high in caffeine. It's best to avoid sweet fizzy and energy drinks, which are high in sugar, as they'll lead to energy peaks and troughs.

What drink is good for concentration? ›

Here are 15 juices and drinks that may boost your brain health.
  • Coffee. Coffee is probably the most widely consumed nootropic beverage. ...
  • Green tea. Green tea's caffeine content is much lower than coffee's. ...
  • Kombucha. ...
  • Orange juice. ...
  • Blueberry juice. ...
  • Green juices and smoothies. ...
  • Turmeric lattes. ...
  • Adaptogen lattes.

What should you do 5 minutes before a test? ›

Make a list of important details. Depending on the subject, make a quick list of important dates, characters, plot points, or formulae. Anything that you can take from memory will be a helpful review in five minutes.

How to study 30 minutes before an exam? ›

Here's how to make the most of your cram session and study for your test in an hour or less.
  1. Find a Quiet Study Space. If you're at school, head to the library or a quiet classroom. ...
  2. Review Your Study Guide. ...
  3. Crack Open the Textbook. ...
  4. Review Notes, Quizzes and Assignments. ...
  5. Quiz Yourself. ...
  6. Write Down Your Mnemonic Devices.
Sep 11, 2018

Should I study 1 hour before my exam? ›

Try to spend no more than an hour or two reviewing for your test. You don't want to spend all day studying as it'll wear you out the day of your test. Plus, you're unlikely to remember every piece of information you cram in such a short amount of time!

Is it better to stay up studying or sleep? ›

Scores of studies conclude that students really do better when they sleep. Sleeping poorly (or not at all) leads to worse test results and poorer ability to learn new things. In fact, an all nighter hurts your ability to think, reason, and understand to the same degree as if you were taking your test drunk.

Is it good to study right before exam? ›

Ideally, studying should start at least five days in advance of the exam to allow students an ample amount of time to go over course concepts and materials, and reach out to their instructor or peers if they find they have any questions.

Is it better to sleep or study before exam? ›

Take a nap

If you're really flagging during a study session, your learning ability is probably suffering too. A nap was found to improve memory scores on a test in one study, suggesting that a quick sleep could help to refresh your mind and consolidate all that learning.

Is test anxiety real? ›

Test anxiety can be a real problem if you're so stressed out over a test that you can't get past the nervousness to focus on the test questions and do your best work. Feeling ready to meet the challenge, though, can keep test anxiety at a manageable level. Use a little stress to your advantage.

How to memorize 100 pages in a day? ›

How To Study 100 Pages In One Day?
  1. Remove All Distractions To Stay Focused On Your Goal. ...
  2. Avoid Multitasking: Dedicate One Thing At A Time. ...
  3. Take Breaks Regularly. ...
  4. Reward Yourself For Recognizing Your Achievements And Motivating Yourself.
Jul 14, 2022

How many hours a day should I study for my exam? ›

Most people recommend studying for 3 to 4 hours every day on a set schedule that allows your brain to work at its full capacity. You should avoid studying for more than five or six hours as this can lead to burnout and cause you to lose the information that you have learned.


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