Just when you think that you have completed all the exam prep that you can muster, you wake up on the first day of exams and have NO IDEA what you need to bring. Trust me, it can happen. I know what it’s like to be sitting in an exam, trying to structure your English essay and then bang…
All you can think about is how cold the room is, or how incredibly uncomfortable your new van sneakers are, or how you wish that you brought that other pen. Or why you haven’t downloaded this FREE GUIDE (Go on, click here to get your hands on it)
Lucky for you, I’m here to list off all the things you should bring into your exam so that you can skip the uncertainty and focus on getting your best possible mark.
Let’s dive in.
Pens, Pencil, Calculator, and Rubbers
The essentials as I like to call them. Make sure you test your favourite pen before exams and even bring a spare. I am a leftie, and so proper pen selection is so important to me. Even if you only write with pens it is always a good idea to bring a pencil, a rubber and even a sharpener. I like to put all of these essentials in a cute pencil case, so I know that I have everything I need. My go-to brands at the moment are Typo and Kikki K, but I also love the stationary at KMART. Cute and affordable. Check what else you may be allowed to bring, like rulers or calculators, with your teacher beforehand.
BONUS TIP: After your first exam finishes, put your case in a safe spot, so you remember it for your other exams.
Water is by far the most important thing you can bring with you to your exam, except maybe a pencil (but you can always borrow one of those). Your brain is 75% made of water, so what if you’re dehydrated, how can you expect it to run full force and kill your maths methods exam? My advice is to head to the supermarket and buy yourself a 6 or 9 pack of pre-bottled water. Thankyou Water is my choice – and great news, with Thankyou, you have the added bonus of being able to help the world, while you master your exams. Now who said that you can’t kill two birds with one stone? Another way to get the good stuff into you is to fill a water bottle the night before your exam and stick it in the fridge so you can grab it on your way out the door. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, try to sip the water throughout your exam to keep your brain 100% focussed, and help you remember all the facts you’ve been cramming into your head all year.
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First things first, find out if you’re allowed to bring food into the exam room. I know that I wasn’t allowed to eat while in an exam, but some of my friends could. I know a lot of people say they can’t eat when they’re writing an exam because they’re too nervous, but if you’re sitting through a 3 or 4 hour exam, your blood sugar is going to start to dip, making it difficult to stay as awake and focussed as you need to be. Bring a snack that’s high in protein and carbs, because they’ll break down slowly in your body and keep your blood sugar elevated. A slice of cheese, or a piece of fruit, or even a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter would be my go tos. But remember to check first with your Year 11 or Year 12 Coordinator.
A Cardigan or Jumper
It may be spring, but between A/C, unexplained drafts, and open windows, you may end up in an exam room that is distractingly cold! Pack a light cardigan to throw on if this happens, and you’ll be guaranteed to be the envy of every other shivering girl in the room. If you are like me and had to wear your school uniform to your exams, take off your jumper and just wear your school blazer. My blazer was roomier than my itchy jumper and was easier to pull off and on quickly whenever I needed to.
Now, I know what you are thinking? Does anyone actually wear a watch anymore? In exams when you can’t bring your iPhone or Samsung in, it’s important to wear a watch. Borrow one from your mum, or sister, or better yet, ask your parents to buy you one as an “Exam Gift”. I am currently loving the watches from The 5th, and even Horse. Knowing the time will keep you from freaking out and thinking you don’t have enough time. Look at the exam and divide up the section by their worth, then spend the appropriate amount of time on each section. For example, if the first part of the exam is worth 20% and you have 2 hours to write the whole exam, try not to spend more than 24 minutes on that part. Make sense?