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# What do you do before an exam?

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05 Feb 2011, 13:15
I:

1. Listen to brown eyed girl.
2. Feel good about the fact that Chelsea are a wonderful team (and current EPL champions .)
3. Eat dark chocolate.
4. Pray.

I'm sure you do your own stuff before an exam.. Lets hear about those
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06 Feb 2011, 05:38
I Don't
1. Study
2. Eat or drink stuff

I Do
1. Chit chat with friends who are not buried neck deep in books
2. Meditate (after entering the exam hall and taking my seat)
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06 Feb 2011, 12:21
I cram as much stuff into my head as possible (serious). Then about 30 minutes before I like to eat a granola bar and listen to about 10 minutes of hardcore rap to pump me up. Getting to the room where I am taking the test about 20 minutes early is important, and then the moment the teacher hands out the exam I write as much stuff as I can on the top of the exam, so that way that information can be vacated from my memory as I focus on getting the questions correct.
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07 Feb 2011, 00:11
Play bubblespinner. Or gold miner. Or quadradius. You get where I'm going with this.

Sleep. Eat. Panic. Sleep. Ace exam.

The key is to panic enough before the exam so you won't panic during it. :D

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23 Mar 2011, 23:45
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I cram my most condensed notes till 6 PM on the day before the exam.

After 6 PM I try to chill-ax and enjoy myself as much as possible - listening to Massive Attack for example - I am a progressive metal dude otherwise you see (I am dying to find out who Dream Theater's new drummer is going to be - I am betting Mike Mangini =)

After I go to bed on the day BEFORE, I pretend (to my self) that it was the day of the exam and all went great, so that I could actually fall asleep... (now this was much more crucial for my L1, L2 & L3 CFA exams - each 2x3 hour exam in one day, held only Once in a year - no deferring, no excuse if you feel sick on that particular day, etc - truly grueling)

On the day before the exam I do some cardio and read some text to jump-start my brain (you do Not want the actual questions to be the first thing you read for the day). Otherwise - coffee, chocolate, water & light breakfast - nothing much unusual...
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24 Mar 2011, 10:07
1) Do not oversleep
2) Do not go directly from your bed to the exam center

My plan for the test is:
Have a relaxing night beforehand (watch a movie, some light quant and verbal practice, light jog / bike ride)
Get my normal 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
Wake up with plenty of time before the exam.
Solid breakfast
Get outside and go for a run or bike ride (not enough to be fatigued, just get outside and get the blood flowing)
Take exam.
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25 Mar 2011, 05:50
thetiming wrote:
I cram my most condensed notes till 6 PM on the day before the exam.

After 6 PM I try to chill-ax and enjoy myself as much as possible - listening to Massive Attack for example - I am a progressive metal dude otherwise you see (I am dying to find out who Dream Theater's new drummer is going to be - I am betting Mike Mangini =)

After I go to bed on the day BEFORE, I pretend (to my self) that it was the day of the exam and all went great, so that I could actually fall asleep... (now this was much more crucial for my L1, L2 & L3 CFA exams - each 2x3 hour exam in one day, held only Once in a year - no deferring, no excuse if you feel sick on that particular day, etc - truly grueling)

On the day before the exam I do some cardio and read some text to jump-start my brain (you do Not want the actual questions to be the first thing you read for the day). Otherwise - coffee, chocolate, water & light breakfast - nothing much unusual...

I quite like the idea of reading some light text before the actual test. Could try some easy PS questions too. Thanks.. I think I'll take it as a tip!
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25 Mar 2011, 16:20
I have to eat well before exam, otherwise will get starving during the exam.
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29 Mar 2011, 07:09
get up in the morning, get something good to eat, maybe some bacon eggs, energy food, drink your coffee, pace around, get nervous, freak out that you aren't ready, show up at test center, use bathroom twice before AWAs. OH, and have sweaty palms, best strat!!!
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15 May 2011, 07:15
1.Sleep a lot
2. Drink n eat a lot
3. Discuss stuff with friends
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15 May 2011, 09:45
Ditto to not studying the day before.

I went swimming the day before--helped me get a good night's rest, and then watching Good Will Hunting. The most important thing seems to be not to put too much stress on yourself. Your preparation prior to this point will dictate how you do on the exam, and overthinking other variables can get to be too much.
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23 May 2011, 20:46
I do nothing special before an exam. I just concentrate on my studies and do myself relax and nothing else. I eat tasty dishes and nothing else.
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24 May 2011, 12:04
LiSten to my adrenaline song and drink a cup espresso lol
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24 May 2011, 12:30
I was feverishly doing quant problems from the official guide, about 20-30 at a time (timed), with 15min breaks in between!

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24 May 2011, 18:04
I try to get at-least 8 hours sleep the night before. And then I like to have a good breakfast the morning before the exam - eggs, bacon, toast, oats, a small cup of fruits and a big cup of coffee, all this ideally spaced over 1 1/2 hours. After this, some light revision of the main concepts and then off to the test center to ace the exam.
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27 May 2011, 08:07
Are you guys normally nervous for an exam? Sometimes I get so nervous I can't stop laughing about stupid things haha.. :\$
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30 May 2011, 00:58
1) just wake up
2) drink coffee
3) do not eat too much! makes me always tired
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31 Mar 2018, 14:04
3 and 4 also get mentaly prepared to stay cool and monitor my time
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28 May 2018, 01:31
I generally prefer to take lite food and ill stay cool and calm, and ill keep ready all the things which are required for exam.
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13 Jul 2018, 05:59
still trying to develop a routine, but i typically eat a starbucks muffin and a few sips of coffee for breakfast
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