Tips for the day of your exam

So, the day has finally arrived.  I’m sure you feel dread, butterflies in your stomach.  I wanted to write this blog because I see students make the same mistakes on exam day which creates stress.  We want you to be the most positive version of yourself on exam day, so we have put together several tips to help you maximise your chance of success.

Tip #1 – Create a morning routine.  Make sure you wake up early enough to have at least 30 minutes to yourself in the morning.  This is your time, to centre yourself and set your goals for the day.  Listen to a morning meditation or if that is not your thing, maybe a motivational podcast or a comedy episode to get you in a good mood.

Tip #2 – Eat. You may be nervous, but you need to eat something to keep your sugar levels high enough to focus on your exam.  Nuts & seeds, berries, avocado, and whole grains aid memory.  I would also recommend that you choose matcha tea over coffee, I find it gives more energy without the comedown I can get with coffee

Tip #3 – If you are sitting your exam at an exam centre, ensure that you have checked out the parking situation beforehand and you get there early so you aren’t running about and raising your cortisol (stress hormone) levels).  If you are sitting the exam remotely, you should ensure that the Wi-Fi connection is strong and have tested that the invigilating system works on your computer.  I would suggest you log on at least 30 mins early to check everything is working well.

Tip #4 – Breath.  When we are stressed, we take shallower breaths, and our cortisol stress levels increase.  Studies have found that increased cortisol leads to lower levels of cognitive functioning.  This is why in an exam your mind can go blank.  If this happens breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth for four seconds each. 

Follow these tips and you are setting yourself up for success! For more chance of success check out our blog on a secret framework for exam success here.

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1
3
2nd Oct, 16th Oct, 30th Oct
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1
3
5th Oct, 19th Oct, 9th November
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 13th June,20th June, 27th June, 4th July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
4
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 25th Oct, 1st Nov, 8th Nov
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 12th June, 26th June

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
November 2023
M1 & M2
5
3rd Oct, 10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July