Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: 5 top tips for 24 hours before your exam

Your revision is complete, your textbooks are down and you just have to wait until you’re given the signal to open your exam paper. But what is best to do in the final 24 hours before your exam? Here are five of our top tips for optimum preparation for that crucial exam.


  1. Get an early night

Staying up all night and cramming in as much last minute revision as possible is a recipe for disaster. You run the risk of waking up tired, lethargic and not feeling ready to tackle a two-hour exam. Make sure you have done your revision early and get plenty of sleep.

  1. Check the date, time and venue

Make sure you know where and when your exam is. Preparation is key if you want to avoid as much stress as possible on the morning of the exam. Checking you know where you are going and when you need to be there the night before will help save you time and energy in the morning, and help you avoid any avoidable mistakes.


  1. Exercise

You don’t have to run a marathon, but the brain has been proven to be at its best for up to two hours after exercise. Run, skip or even walk to your exam.

  1. Eat right the night before

Eating healthily is vital during exam periods. However tempting, try to avoid foods full of fat and sugar, and try and opt for something like pasta, fish or eggs the night before the exam. Proteins release energy slowly.


  1. A healthy breakfast is crucial

Eating a healthy breakfast is also key to making sure that energy and concentration levels are optimum for the exam. Bananas and other fruit will provide slow-releasing energy, and cereals that don’t contain too much sugar, such as porridge, are also advisable. Consuming foods rich in sugar like sweets and downing energy drinks will give you a temporary energy boost, but this won’t last through the whole exam.

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