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What to Do One Day Before an Exam?

Updated on February 11, 2022
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Priya Barua has found out remarkable ways of studying efficiently and has shared them with the online community.

What to study right before an exam?
What to study right before an exam?

I am going to go ahead and assume that, by now, you are done with your notes, read the chapter at least twice, memorized what needs to be memorized, and have studied just about everything that needs to be studied.

So now you are sitting in front of the laptop and getting anxious as to What Now? Don’t let the stress get the better of you. I am pretty sure that you are fairly prepared to tackle whatever questions may come.

What are the steps that you need to follow before sitting for the exam tomorrow? Read the post to find out.

1. Solve a complete test paper:

I hope that you have collected a couple of sample papers. And no, I am not asking you to write each and every answer. Go through it from A-Z and orally answer the questions to a bunch of soft toys. Is that weird? Perhaps. But somehow, recalling my answers in front of my teddy bear has always been helpful. It feels like there is a real person whom you need to impress. In that way, I also refrain from stuttering.

2. Go through important topics:

Now you may think that perhaps the entire book is important. In many ways, it is. But mostly there are a couple of questions about certain topics that are repeated every year. Finding the important topics should be done way before the exam when you are reading the chapter.

3. Revise your notes thoroughly:

Now is the time to revise your notes. When I say notes, I don’t mean the stuff that teachers make you write in class. I mean the notes that you have made, by yourself. The best part about making your own notes is that you will remember at least 50% of what you have written. And when you are revising it, you will automatically start recalling the chapter.

If you have issues about how to make notes, then click on the link on the side to learn how to make knock-out notes.

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Recalling every important definition is a necessary step right before you give your exam
Recalling every important definition is a necessary step right before you give your exam
Recalling every important definition is a necessary step right before you give your exam

4. Recall every important definition:

There are certain definitions which you can’t, even if you try, recreate in your own words. So it becomes imperative that you learn them by-heart. Word-for-word. If you have trouble remembering them, then use a method which I haven’t yet given a name to. Anyway, according to this nameless definition, I break the definition into parts. It is something similar to the way you learn spelling in your kindergarten years.

Now take this into account:

Assessment refers to the measurement of psychological attributes and their evaluations, often using multiple methods in terms of certain standards of comparison.

This is a definition that I have selected from my psychology book.

So here’s what you do.

Assessment refers to (what?)

Measurement of psychological attributes (and?)

Their evaluations (how?)

By using multiple methods in terms of standards of comparison.

This makes the whole answer easier to remember.

Let’s do the exercise again.

“Intelligence refers to the global and aggregate capacity of an individual to think rationally, act purposefully and to deal effectively with her/his environment.”

Now this is a definition which is given by a certain psychologist and to make even a slightest change to this definition would result in a big Zero.

Intelligence refers to (what?)

Global and aggregate capacity (of what?)

Of an individual (to what?)


  1. think rationally
  2. act purposefully
  3. deal effectively with environment.

So here we are. Hopefully this method will help you as much as it has helped me.

5. Wrap up by 9:

I have heard that many students have the habit of studying till 3 in the morning. And then after sleeping for barely 2-3 hours, they come to school to give their exam!

They do that, while I, on the other hand, always wrap up everything by 9. And guess what? I always manage to do better.

While this studying-till-3-in-the-morning works for some, I wouldn’t particularly encourage it. Your brain needs to be refreshed in order to effectively tackle all the questions. You would also notice that these students are the most anxious in the morning and would badger you with Have you done this? Have to completed that? I will fail! And many also seem to think that because I remain so cool, I have studied everything. Which is not true. Whether or not I have touched all the topics, I never study beyond 9 (right before an exam). I get a peaceful 8 hour sleep, ready to appear for the test.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Priya Barua


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