The Night before the Test

Many students make the mistake of studying for hours and hours the night before a test, but this is typically not a wise strategy. Cramming the night before a test can contribute to pre-test anxiety, and cramming will make it less likely that you will retain a lot of what you review.

The bottom line is that trying to learn weeks or even months of material in a few hours is usually impossible because your brain can only take in so much information in a given period of time. If you’ve been following a study schedule and reviewing your notes on a regular basis, however, you actually won’t need to study too much the night before a test.

The evening before the test, take an hour or two to review key concepts and formulas and go over any material that you still aren’t sure about. If you’re taking a math test, you can complete some practice problems to boost your confidence. Then, take some time to relax and clear your head. Have a hot bath or read a book, and then head to bed early. Getting adequate sleep is one of the best things that you can do for yourself to make sure that you are relaxed and that you are able to think clearly when your test day arrives.
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