So it is the day of the reckoning.

On the morning of the exam, you might say to your friends that you ‘don’t care anymore’ but inside, you’re freaking out worse than ever. Or you might be doing what I used to do- going around telling anyone who’ll listen how anxious you are!

Doing either of these things is not very helpful for your mindset and the reason for that is that you are inevitably wounding yourself up even more.

So, here are some tips for you to maximize your chances in the exam by being prepared for the morning of the exam!

Plan of Attack

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast

A hearty and healthy breakfast will essentially act as brain superfood for you when it comes exam time. So ply yourself with enough breakfast of your choice to sustain you through the entirety of your exam.


  1. Get to the examination venue early

Waking up early and getting yourself to the exam venue at least a half an hour before the start time of your exam will give you the chance to adapt to the environment that is different from your bedroom and this will help you relax just a bit more than getting there huffing and puffing seconds before the exam is scheduled to begin.

  1. Don’t think about what you don’t know

So you don’t know your texts well. But you know your techniques, you also know your key quotes, you also have mad mad essay writing skills. If you find yourself thinking about what all you don’t know, immediately switch your thoughts to things that you do know. This will help you feel more prepared.

  1. Be confident

Have faith in your ability to perform well. Walk with your back straight, your chin high and your face resolute. This might seem like a useless exercise but it actually works. Remember to:

Fake it ’til you make it!

  1. Read over your notes one last time

Scanning your notes one last time before your exam will make you remember the most important bits. But this only applies if you’ve got pre-made notes that you have been through quite a lot times previously. If you think reading over your textbook the morning of your exam is a good idea, then you are terribly mistaken.

  1. Surround yourself with the optimistic kind

There are always going to be people who are going to say that they are going to fail just before the exam and then they end up getting the highest mark in the grade. Don’t be around those kind of people. Their sole purpose is to make everyone feel incapable and just before your exam, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your head.

  1. Give yourself a pep talk

I’m the best! I can do it! I am going to ace it! Whatever slogan works for you, use it to affirm the notion that you know your stuff regardless of whether you know it or not.

According to, ‘By working on getting more positive self-talk, you’re more likely to get things done and feel more in control of stuff that’s going on in your life.’

So be your own cheerleader!

Good Luck!

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Mansahaj Kaur completed her HSC in 2015 and now studies Bachelor of Commerce and Laws at USyd. She thinks that English is the most versatile and loveable language on planet Earth and she loves dabbling in anything English related, writing included. But then again, this could be because she hasn’t learnt French or German or Japanese yet. But it’s on her bucket list, mind you! Her desire to learn another language or two is only matched by her passion for eclectic tones and mystery dramas- yes yes, Sherlock, too. She is an avid reader and writer, her favourite series still being Harry Potter, despite her having read numerous renowned classics. Mansahaj likes to think that by becoming a lawyer, she might be able to make a slight, small-as-your-pinkie, teensy difference in the world; but that could be wishful thinking!