5 tips for exam day

‘Twas the night before your big test… Arm yourself with knowledge and be fearless on test day with our top tips for the last hours before your exam.

Hydrate

Research has shown that drinking water can improve performance on tests. Make sure to hydrate beforehand and take water into the exam with you.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial for memory and function – in certain situations, sleep can be even more beneficial than staying up and cramming. Make sure to get a good night’s rest before the exam for optimal performance.

Eat

Your brain is a muscle and needs energy to be able to perform at its best, so even if you don’t usually eat breakfast, eat something today. Ideally, choose protein rich foods and whole grains like eggs, nuts, yogurt, cottage cheese, or whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Avoid refined sugars and excess caffeine, as they can lead to anxiety and crashes later.

Have a plan

Make sure to have your bag packed and ready to go the night before, so that you don’t forget anything in the morning rush. Make sure to bring sharp number 2 pencils, a few healthy snacks, and water for breaks.

Trust yourself

Ideally, you've been preparing for weeks or months at this point. However, even if you’ve only been preparing for a few days, worrying about being unprepared won’t help at this point. All you can do is trust yourself, and remember that one test does not define you. Good luck!