The Night Before the Exam-What to Do?
Written by: Harmandeep Kaur Grewal – MA (Psychology)
If you are someone who freaks out the night before the exam then you need to learn to relax. Because stress is the biggest enemy of the mind and body. Moreover, your stress will make you lose focus and concentration and you will not be able to write properly. Also, you should rest a lot. Accordingly, prepare your schedule so that you have no issues before the exam. Also, you need to reach the place of examination before time. Many students ask what to do before the exam. First of all, do not panic. You should stay calm and relaxed.
Additionally, do not get overwhelmed. You should be calm and cool before your paper. You can do meditation and yoga to increase your concentration power. Similarly, you can do deep breathing to bring oxygen to different areas of the brain. Also, you can sit and relax a day before the exam. Moreover, finish your learning beforehand and do not try to overdo it the night before the exam. Because it is time to relax. If you are in any sort of tension then you will not be able to freshen before the exam. You need to take care of your health. But most importantly you should be active during your examination.
The Night Before the Exam
You should not freak out if you feel that you are not prepared for the paper. Also, you should try to relax by listening to music or reading a book. Moreover, there are several methods provided to reduce your stress level. You can relax by deep breathing and chanting words like relax. You should have a proper good night’s sleep before your exam.
Additionally, you should stick to your original routine. If you wake up at 7 in the morning then you can follow the same routine. But if you spend the whole night before the exam studying then you will not be able to wake up on time. You need at least six hours of good night’s sleep for writing your examination. Furthermore, you should reach your place of examination on time. If you get late before the exam then you will feel scared and tired.
- Likewise, the food you consume the night before the examination and in the morning should be healthy. If you eat something which irritates your stomach then you will be going to the washroom again and again. So, eat something light that will give you energy for your mind and body.
- Similarly, drink enough water so that you are not dehydrated before the examination. You will have an increased concentration power when you are fully hydrated. And you do not feel sleepy. Keep drinking water when you feel your mouth or throat is dry. But don’t drink too much water just before the paper, you will need to use the toilet again and again.
What to Do Before an Exam?
Along with a healthy meal and a good night’s sleep, you should exercise to increase blood circulation in your brain. Moreover, you will stay active and fresh. You should avoid drinking alcohol the night before the exam. You should maintain some discipline before the paper. Also, you should set an alarm to wake up on time.
Additionally, you should not stress too much. You can revise your notes but do not try to overdo it. If you think that you will learn your entire syllabus a day before your paper then you are wrong. Because you will not have enough time to grasp everything. Do not study for a paper too late at night so much so that you are not able to wake up the next day. Also, prepare for the morning beforehand.
Furthermore, give your brain a break. Do not keep on cramming at night that you have no energy left to write your paper. You should not overstress your mind. Keep taking breaks in between your study, it will help you grasp more information in less time.
Equally important is that you fuel yourself properly for the exam. If you lack energy then how will not be able to perform well in your paper. You should eat a healthy meal, exercise, deep breaths, and meditate for good results.
Coping With Stress
First of all, do not get overwhelmed with anxiety due to your exam. Moreover, it is normal to have mild anxiety. But when you feel that your worry is going out of control then you take a break. Also, breaks are very important in between your study sessions. It will help you to focus better after your break. Moreover, relax and then start learning. You can go for a walk or run and it will help you to increase blood circulation in your brain.
Furthermore, if you are stressed with negative thoughts then you can learn various relaxation techniques which will help you to relax and calm down. You should know that you cannot study new materials the night before your paper. So, focus on revising your learned material. It will help you remember what has already been learned. You should take care of your body. Furthermore, you can do meditation and deep breathing for relaxation.
Additionally, you have a responsibility towards your body. You should eat healthy meals and drink enough water. Do not consume anything addictive which can affect your mind negatively.
How Can Parents Help?
If you are a parent of a child who is studying for the exam then you can contribute towards the health or food of your child. You should ensure that your child does not stay late at night before the paper. Also, try to wake him up before the exam. Likewise, your presence will bring security and assurance to the child.
Furthermore, you can check the bag of your child if he has all things ready. You do not need to spoon-feed but support and assist the child. It will make him self-reliant while being secure at home. Also, you can talk to parents of other children about their opinion on paper or children. Moreover, you can stay connected with the teacher of your child especially if your child is too young to care for himself.
Additionally, you can quietly watch your child’s behavior if he is doing all fine. But try not to interfere in his studies if he does not want your help. You should not keep disturbing your child with food during his study. Just leave him alone to prepare for his exam.
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