Planning Your Exam day

Don’t plan to fail, Planning Your Exam day is a crucial part to acing your test. Gear up with our tips and tricks. Find out what you can do the night before a test.

Don’t know why you should plan your exam day? We’re here to let you in on a few secrets. Here are some good tips you can use for your next exam. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So make sure you have a checklist. 

Night Before a Big Test 

The night before an exam feels never-ending. Your stomach’s in knots and your palms are sweaty. Try not to get all worked up though. You wouldn’t want to forget everything you studied. Here is what you should do the night before a big test. 

Go Over Your Study Notes 

You don’t have to study the night before a test or exam. Simply go through your notes to refresh your memory. Studying too much can lead to your nerves acting up and that’s definitely not what you want. 

Don’t Stay up too Late 

Don’t try and pull an all nighter the day before. It won’t do you any good. In fact it will leave you more anxious and tired. Instead go to bed earlier and try getting more than five hours of sleep. 

Get Some Exercise in 

Doing a small home workout can help release some of your fears and nerves. It can also help you calm down. Your body and mind will thank you for this. Don’t worry. You don’t have to go to a gym, you can do a three minute workout in your room.  

Give Your Brain a Break 

Your brain is one of the biggest muscles in your body. Studying is like a workout so you need to give it a break. Try not to study right before you go to bed. If you’ve been consistent with your studies, you have no reason to cram. 

Set an Alarm 

You wouldn’t want to oversleep on the day of your exam. Setting an alarm will help you wake up on time. Your alarm doesn’t have to be set too early, but give yourself enough time to get through your morning routine and to get to your exam venue. 

A student sitting studying for her exams using our tips on Planning Your Exam day.

The Importance of Sleep Before an Exam 

Sleep is extremely important during your exam period and especially important the day before an exam. Your body needs time to refresh and reboot, it can only do that when you get the recommended amount of sleep. Which is between 8 to 9 hours. 

The Morning of an Exam

The day has arrived and your alarm rings and your stomach instantly starts to turn. Don’t let your mind sike you out. Stay focused on your goal for the day. Follow our morning routine and write your exam in peace. 


Just like a car needs fuel, so does your body and breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure to eat a good breakfast each morning that you have an exam. 

Be Early 

Try to arrive early. Running late magnifies the stress you already have and you don’t need that. So try to arrive an hour early at your exam venue. This will give you enough time to gather yourself and your thoughts. 

Stay Away From Stressful Situations and People 

You might not think this but the energy plays a major role in your mindset. Watch out what energy and people you surround yourself with. You don’t want someone’s bad mood or drama to distract you from what you came to achieve. 

Go Over Your Work 

Once you’re settled in at your exam venue, you should go over your work. No, you aren’t going to study your notes but read over it. You can even use this time to recall your work. This means you read over a section and then look away and recall what you went over. 


With your nerves all over the place you need to remember to breathe. You might think that’s a given but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress of exams. So take deep calming breaths and relax. 

A student wearing a yellow top, sitting at her desk studying for her exams with our tips on Planning Your Exam day.

Studying the Day of an Exam 

Should you or should you not study the day of an exam? That’s a puzzle everyone can’t solve. Studying the day of an exam can either help you or stress you out even more. It all depends on how you learn. 

Rules for Studying 

Everyone studies in their own way but there are some rules that you can use to make studying much more effective. You won’t have to change your entire study routine but add these tips to it. 

Test Yourself:
Testing yourself is definitely a must when it comes to studying. If you aren’t into setting up your own tests, use past papers. 

Take Breaks:
Yes, you might want to cram everything into your head all at once. But you need to take breaks, especially if you’re feeling blocked. 

Studying requires a lot of focus, so let go of any and all distractions. Put your phone on silent and zero in on your notes. 

Don’t Wait Till Last Minute to Study: 
Procrastination is the major killer of success, so don’t let it happen to you. Start your studying early so you don’t have last minute worries. 

Plan for Success 

Use our study tips to plan for a successful exam. Once you’re done, contact one of our course experts to start planning your future. 

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Last Updated: 16 November 2020