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6 Strategies To Improving Exam Performance On The Big Day

The build-up to the day of the exams is filled with revision, homework, and more studying. By the time exam day rolls around, you've probably done your utmost to retain what you need to. However, you still need to prepare to take your exam.

Just like a runner has to stretch before a marathon, no matter their ability, all students have to prepare themselves for an exam or test to reduce the risk of burnout. To ensure everything you've studied will translate well onto paper on test day, here are some strategies you can employ:

1. Sleep well the night before

It's natural for you to be nervous the day before an exam or test. While you may be tempted to do some last-minute cramming, try sleeping early instead. Make yourself a cup of calming tea and put your phone away. Ideally, aim for at least eight total hours of sleep to guarantee that you're fully rested before you sit for an exam.

2. Eat a good breakfast

A nutritious, well-balanced breakfast on exam day will ensure you stay energetic and avoid getting hungry. Consider eating foods that contain a lot of protein and complex carbohydrates that will deliver energy gradually over several hours. It's also crucial to stay hydrated, but not to the point where you will need to use the restroom every 20 minutes.

3. Ensure you have all your materials

One of the most important things you must do on exam day is prepare everything you need. Your calculator, extra batteries, sharpened pencils, and pens should all be ready for use. In this manner, you can be confident that you have them, that you know where they are, and that they are prepared.

4. Stop studying

On exam day, you can review summaries but should wait to attempt to understand a new concept or absorb new content. You will likely already know everything there is to know and introducing new concepts would only confuse you further. It is also highly improbable that you will be able to retain this new information and apply it correctly, even if you do try to do so.

5. Leave your house earlier

When you have to be somewhere at a specific time, it feels like there will almost always be an unforeseen occurrence or a delayed train to keep you away. Set out a little earlier than usual to guarantee you arrive on time and avoid any last-minute panic. If you come early, relax and mentally prepare yourself for the occasion.

6. Maintain a positive outlook

It would be best to try to avoid negative thoughts before an exam. For instance, thinking things like "My life will be destroyed if I fail," will only add to your distress. Even if you feel ill-prepared, your mind's likely playing tricks on you. To avoid falling into that trap and spiralling, try to visualise yourself taking the exam and feeling assured. Avoid being among stressed-out students before the exam since negativity spreads quickly. Instead, use this opportunity to affirm yourself with positive self-talk and gain the confidence necessary to ace your exam.


Exams are often stressful for many students, but this doesn't always have to be the case. Remember that if you're well-prepared, it's only a matter of being calm and sorted enough to apply the information you've gained over time. Follow the tips listed above to ensure peak performance during your exams.

Colourtrain Academy is a math tuition centre in Bukit Batok that is well-equipped to ensure that you know everything you need before a test with the help of our tailored curriculum and dedicated tutors. Contact us today to learn more.

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