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The do's and don'ts of university exams

By bzbeth 04 Jan 2019

Exam season is upon us and we want to make sure you absolutely smash it!


That's why we have put together a handy list of things you should and shouldn't do before your exams to make sure you have the best mindset possible and 100% concentration.

Everyone works differently and you might think you've got this BUT have you really considered everything?

  • DO have a filling & healthy breakfast

    You might wake up thinking, "I'd LOVE a full English breakfast" but we wouldn't recommend this just before an exam! A lighter option like cereal, a bagel or porridge with fruit will give you enough energy without making you feel too lethargic. 
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  • DO wear something comfortable
    Imagine sitting in an exam hall for over two hours in tight, uncomfortable clothes? Throw on a hoodie and your comfiest jeans and you'll feel loads better. Plus, you won't waste time thinking about anything apart from your answers. 
  • DO some exercise in the morning

    Whether you love it or hate it, exercise is good for the brain. This doesn't mean running a 10k the night before, in fact, we'd recommend quite the opposite. Do a small home workout or yoga that will wake you up without tiring you out too much. 
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  • DO go to the loo just before
    Sorry to sound like your parents but do you really want to be busting for the loo and in the middle of answering a 25-mark question? Go just before so you don't have to break off and ask the invigilator to accompany you - awks!
  • DON'T eat a curry the night before

    Let's just say that this follows the previous point for a reason. Make sure you don't re-enact that Will from Inbetweeners moment because, well, it would be pretty disgusting! Just be careful to not eat anything that could upset your stomach.
  • DON'T stay up all night/have a late night
    You might think you're better off cramming in 5 hours of revision the night before BUT that's not effective. Have a chilled evening the night before and aim for about 8 hours of sleep and you'll wake up refreshed! Let your flatmates know you've got an exam so they won't wake you up at 3am - hopefully. 
  • DON'T rush around in the morning

    Wake up in good time and then you can eat a nice breakfast, fit in a workout and make your way to the exam room. There's nothing worse than rushing around and getting yourself in a flap.

Good luck, it'll be all over before you know it!

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