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Look after yourself

vegetables in mans head Eating and Drinking: try to eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat slow-release energy foods like nuts fruit and veg and whole grains.
image of bed Sleeping: Memories are backed up when we sleep so try and get 6 to 8 hours sleep a night - relax before going to bed so you can switch off and get to sleep. 
exercising on bike Exercise:  exercise will improve your general health and also your attention and  cognitive functioning which will help in your revision.
stop sign Avoid things that are bad for you: coffee and other stimulants, alcohol and non-prescribed drugs - these may make you feel better in the short term but will impair your concentration and sleep.

Prepare well for the exam

Two forward facing arrows which crossover Make a plan / timetable - plan your study time so you can track your progress

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On the day of the exam

Before the exam

  • Eat breakfast ( porridge, bananas and fruit will maintain your blood sugar levels) but don't have too  much caffeine
  • Don't last minute cram - try and do something relaxing the hour before the exam
  • Avoid people and things that may increase your anxiety or lower your confidence
  • Make sure you know how to get to the exam room and arrive in plenty of time
  • Bring water and sweets ( if you are allowed) and any equipment required eg pens, calculator

In the exam

  • Monitor the time - wear a watch or make sure you can see a clock
  • Read through the questions carefully - check what you are being asked to do
  • Plan your time - dividing it up according to the importance of the question
  • Give yourself time to proof read
  • If you begin to feel anxious take time to use breathing and relaxation techniques

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Next steps

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