All-night learning, caffeine overdose and similar extreme last-minute exam methods will not achieve the expected result. Campaigns will, regardless of warnings, learn at five to twelve, but they too can make the process easier for themselves by avoiding some of the most common mistakes we make the day before the exam.
Not enough sleep
It takes the body a few days to even out the rhythm of sleeping and waking so don’t wait a day before the exam to get some sleep. Try to adjust your going to bed and waking up at least seven days earlier to the exam day, and you need a minimum of seven hours of sleep if you study for days.
Seven hours of sleep cannot be replaced by short breaks during the day or half-hour naps interrupted by an alarm. Although many people have a habit of waking up the night before the exam, it is the most important night to use for a good night’s sleep and rest.
Learning the day before the exam
Research shows that learning the day before the exam is harmful because it burdens short-term memory, which can damage long-term memory and mix up the learned material.
Students tend to increase the amount of material and the learning schedule as the exam approaches, but a more effective method is to reduce the amount and time of learning to reduce the level of stress that is already rising before the exam itself.
Locking yourself in a room or reading room when preparing for an exam can make you even more tired. Treat yourself to outdoor breaks. Take an hour walk, ride a bike or make coffee with friends somewhere in nature.
Indoors and lack of oxygen can put you to sleep, so breaks in the open will clear your mind and wake you up for longer learning.
While learning, it is good to have the TV turned off or stay in a room without a TV, but there is no point in avoiding it completely.
It is important, in the breaks from learning, to afford time for yourself and your pleasures. Of course, starting a new season of your favorite series is not an option, but a lighter comedy the day before the exam will relax you and divert your thoughts from a stressful day.
Excess with caffeine
Although it is widely believed that increased doses of caffeine the day before the exam will help, some students completely avoid it, fearing possible consequences.
Both opinions are wrong because if we normally consume caffeine then its doses before the exam should neither decrease nor increase. Generally, any change in diet before the exam is a bad idea.
Denial of exam day
Because of fear or stress, we tend to deny that the day of the exam is approaching, shifting our thoughts to everything but the exam.
Such an attitude can only help us, and the preparation of technical details for the exam will divert our thoughts from fear and help us maintain control over the event.
Do we have the necessary pens, do we know in which classroom we write, where is the toilet in case of emergencies, have we registered for the exam if it is about students. Such details should be considered a few days before the exam.
Giving vital importance to the exam
Although it is a state graduation exam, entrance exam or similar decisive test, we must not see it as the only life chance for progress that we must not miss.
Exams pass and fail, but they also repeat and there is nothing wrong with that. We must not attach more importance to it than it has, because by doing so we create a lot of pressure on ourselves that can take away our writing.
After the exam, it is good to arrange a date with friends, celebrate what is over and reward yourself with something for your time and effort.