It’s the night before the examination. You’ve read all the handouts, lecture notes, and textbooks.
You’ve also revised thoroughly and are confident to face that test the following morning. It’s important you calm down the nerves, so you enter the exam hall ready to write your best paper ever.
Here is what to do the night before a test:
1. Avoid New Techniques
In a marathon, a common rule is not to run in new shoes. The concept of ‘nothing new’ in athletics also applies routine, food, clothes, and more.
The same logic also applies to what you do the night before the examination. This is not the time to start trying a new memorization trick, work routines, illegal or legal pharmaceuticals, and so on.
So, go with what has been working for you even if someone tries to convince you to try something faster, better, or newer.
2. Review The Study Notes
On the night before the test, do simple revision. Don’t start hunting for a textbook in the library that the teacher insisted you should check. You wouldn’t want to start reading entirely new information that may confuse you.
Instead, review that study notes that you created during your previous study sessions. You should be having revision notes for each topic of your course.
3. Revise Each Topic
As you go through the study notes, cover one topic after the other. That means going through all the essential areas of each topic that are likely to come in the test.
Take your time to ensure you understand the content. If you can’t understand some topics, it’s time to go and revise such areas.
4. Don’t Study Until Too Late
While some students will cram up till late in the night, that’s not an effective way to study a night before the exam.
Studying until the eleventh hour might look like maximizing your study time. But, if you don’t give your brain time to rest, you won’t be able to remember all the information you read.
5. Eat A Healthy Meal
You need your mind to revise and to remember everything you studied when you are sitting for that exam. To energize the mind, you should eat a good meal the night before the examination.
The best approach would be to sit down and enjoy dinner with the family or friends as you take a break from books to refuel the brain. Speaking of a healthy meal, you should stay away from the massive carb, as it may trigger sleep, especially in the morning of the examination.
You may want to avoid lots of caffeine, as it might keep you awake at night when you need to be asleep. So, eat your favorite food, but don’t overdo it.
6. Get A Lot Of Rest
Most students think that to get the most from their studies, they need to sacrifice their sleep and study more. However, studies reveal that getting adequate rest is essential to the way the mind consolidates the new information.
So, why not go home and take a 20 to 30-minute nap before you begin your studies? That way, you will start on a fresh note. Remember to get a regular night’s sleep between six and eight hours. You can achieve this by going to bed early.
You can then wake up early and start studying until it’s time to sit for the exam. If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t feel fresh. Instead, you’ll feel distracted, irritable, and burned out.
7. Create Your Own Exam
Are you looking for an effective tip on how to prepare for a test the night before? Well, try engineering your own exam.
To achieve that, go through the notes, textbooks, and ancillary materials so you can look for potential examination questions.
Now, imagine that you are one of the toughest examiners to have ever lived and set a test. Take the test, and you’ll discover your strengths and weak points so you can improve and get ready for the upcoming test.
8. Go Offline
Unless there’s an important reason to stay connected to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and so on, you should disconnect from the Internet on the night before examination plus a couple of days afterward.
It may start with typing something in Google search to get information on a possible exam question. Two hours later, you might end up on Facebook, laughing over a viral cat video. Before you realize it, some friends will be sending you gifs on Messenger, and you’ll find it difficult to ignore them.
For the 12 to 24 hours that lead to your exam, try to stay focused on the exam only. You can check everything else later.
9. Limit Contacts And Distractions
In addition to turning off internet data, you should limit distractions on the night before the exam. Sadly, distractions can be numerous.
Of course, there are students who study well when there’s noise in the surrounding, but we are talking about distractions that will suck up the time you need to study.
Examples include a friend who needs you to accompany them to a party, a neighbor that’s interested in chitchat, and even your mom calling to know when you are likely to visit. Try as much as you can to be unavailable during this time.
10. Get Some Exercise
After spending time to revise for a test, you should get some exercise. This should be nothing intense; just get outside for a 10-minute walk. Such an exercise will not only relieve stress but also recharge the brain.
11. Set The Alarm
While we are emphasizing rest, you want to avoid oversleeping. You need some extra time during morning hours so you can eat a healthy breakfast and get ready for the exam without feeling rushed.
To wake up on time, go to bed early and set the alarm so you can be up early enough.
Final Advice – Use Your Time Wisely
These are some of the things to do the night before an exam. If you make good use of this time, you won’t regret it when the exam comes.