You have 24 hours before your big exam and you have to make the most of them! I’m pretty sure we have all been in this situation before and it can be incredibly stressful. Here are my tips and tricks for making the most out of your study day.
Have a plan.
The day before, make a game plan. Make it realistic and make it specific. I brainstorm all the possible ways I could study – retaking quizzes, reading through notes, going through flashcards – and then prioritize them based on what I think will be the most useful or what topics I am weakest in.
Protect your bedtime.
Plan to be done studying an hour before you go to bed. I’m sure you’ve heard that cramming the night before a test is not helpful – but it is so true! Feeling refreshed and well rested is just as important (if not more) than getting in an extra hour of review time that probably won’t even be that productive if you’re tired. Additionally, make sure to do something non-school related to let your mind detox a bit prior to hitting the hay. I highly recommend reading.
Snacks are your best friend.
Having a surplus of snacks in your bag will prevent you from leaving the library in search of food. You do not need to! Keep your brain focused by keeping your stomach happy.
Chargers for your laptop and phone. Bring layers in case the study rooms are cold. Make sure to carry any and all books or resources you might need. Your backpack will be heavy but it’ll be worth it.
Prepare to be as productive as possible the next morning.
Mark a few key ideas and notes to review the morning of the test. Make sure it’s only enough that is feasible to look over breakfast.
I hope this helps make your pre-test day a little more productive and a lot less stressful. Good luck studying!