Organiser wishes you best of luck for your exams.
Have Faith In God:
Above all, have faith in God. It is His blessings that take you places.
Get enough sleep the night before the exam. If you’re dull-headed because of a lack of sleep, you won’t be able to perform your best.
Diet: Before you go for the exam, eat foods that are energy producing and at the same time not too heavy on your stomach. Never go on an empty stomach as you can end up concentrating more on your hunger than on your exam paper. Fruits and proteins are good source of energy. Avoid intake of heavy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes as they make you sleepy.
Your body and your brain need water. Research has proven that your brain performs more efficiently when well-hydrated. If possible carry a water bottle to the exam hall to rehydrate. Drink enough water, but not so much that you need to use the washroom.
One hour before the exam, relax!! Don't stress yourself feeding more information to your already worked-up brain. If you have some time before the exam, use it to review material and practice your output. Don’t try to learn new material at this stage. You have done your preparation and now you should prepare yourself to give your best. A tired mind will do no good, so it is necessary to go into the hall with a refreshed mind. You have worked hard for it and nobody can take away your hard work.
Practice deep breathing techniques if you find yourself becoming nervous or overwhelmed. By breathing correctly, you can provide your brain with fuel to help it perform better.
This will help you avoid unnecessary stress in the immediate period before your exam. Allow for traffic, check the weather reports for exam day, or even travel to an external exam location in advance to get an idea of how long it will take you to travel there on the day of the exam.
Avoid Meeting Nervous Students:
While waiting for the exam to begin, avoid speaking to students who appear nervous as you will also get nervous. It’s preferable to stay confident and focused on doing well on the exam.
Make sure you focus on reading the instructions on the question paper carefully. This is the most common mistake made by students. Don’t let it happen to you.
Once you get the question paper in your hand, read all the questions and make a quick rough plan on how you are going to invest your time for doing your best. Mark the questions which you know the best and attempt them first. In this manner, you will increase your confidence further. Put the question numbers carefully and leave sufficient space after every answer.
Read Each Question:
Carefully read what you are being asked to do in each question. Don’t presume. Reread to see what you’re actually being asked and remember that exams change all the time, so questions that appeared in the past may differ from those given in the present.
Budget Your Time:
Check how much each question counts towards your final mark and spend time on each answer accordingly. If you have a choice to write your answers in any order, do the easy ones first to build up your confidence.
Focus On Yourself:
Don’t look around at how other students are doing. It may appear that you’re trying to cheat and it will just distract you from your main task which is to do well in the exams. Remember Arjun’s focus was on the eye of the fish and not on the crowd.
It is very, very important to check your answers again in the end. The last 15 minutes should be to review your paper. Recheck every answer with patience and you will be surprised by how many careless faults you come across. Make the necessary corrections.
Stay For the Entire Exam:
Stay for the full length of the exam. Even if you feel you cannot recall any more, by relaxing or waiting in the exam hall, information and details might come to mind and enable you to score additional points.
Keep It In perspective:
Most of the time after the exams are over, we worry about the results or waste time discussing what are friends have written. If you feel you have really messed up an exam, there’s nothing you can do until you get the results. Worrying about it won’t help – and may reduce your chances of doing well in other exams you are taking. It always seems impossible until it is done. —Aniket Raja