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Grace Fleming

The Night Before a Test

By October 3, 2010

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Big test tomorrow? There are a few things you can do to keep your mind fresh and alert tonight, and to ensure a good result in the morning.

Put class notes in order. Your notes will make much more sense if you read them in chronological order. Use your first fifteen minutes of study time getting everything organized.

Don't fill up on sugar and caffeine. It's tempting to drink caffeine so you'll be able to stay awake and study all night. But then what happens? You're sleepy and unable to concentrate during the test the next day! It's better to start early and work until you're tired.

Start early. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that you should start as early in the evening as possible to give yourself time to study while you're still awake and thinking clearly. But there are other reasons to get an early start. What if you discover too late that you're missing something like a calculator, a set of review questions, or an atlas? If you get an early start, you'll have enough time to deal with an emergency situation.

Don't eat anything new or weird. You don't want to discover that sausage chili throws your stomach into fits of rebellion the night before a big exam, now do you?

Pack essentials for the actual test. Will you need a pen or pencil specifically? What about an eraser, a pack of colored pencils, or other item? Don't forget a watch! Have all these things gathered together and ready to go.


October 3, 2008 at 9:16 am
(1) Angela Norton Tyler says:

I love how you said not to eat anything new or weird! I also think that students need to be reminded (we all do!) to start studying days and weeks before the test so they don’t have to do so much the night before:


October 14, 2008 at 6:07 am
(2) sayyidah nafisah says:

This is not a comment.But a question actually.I read lecture notes but I forget when I recall back.Please help me.

October 17, 2008 at 11:22 am
(3) Via says:

Sometimes if time allows, take a nap for an hour or two then start on studying. I have done this several times the day before a bigger test.

February 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(4) pookie says:

sometimes i study for weeks and i get a f on the test what should i do

May 10, 2010 at 1:59 am
(5) amanda says:

Thanxx this rally helps alot.
the tips are great and they are all facts too thankyou.

May 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(6) julia says:

you are so true so true dat

January 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(7) Thomas Anderson says:

avoid being attracted to dogs!! Studies show that doggy breath has a negative impact on the brain! As funny as it may sound, I’m serious… bad breath can kill brain cells, so, make sure you brush your teeth and don’t eat any fish the night before. Also, stay away from doggy bweff.

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