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Three simple tips for the night before your math exam

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Do you find yourself tired, hungry, and rushed the morning of your math tests? Do you wish you could feel more prepared and confident, not only in your mind, but also in your body? Here are three simple tips you can use the night before any math test so you can feel relaxed and secure.

Pack a proteiny snack for exam day.
To give your brain some extra fuel, pack a snack with lots of protein, like nuts, cheese and apple slices, or yogurt. This way you can be sure you won’t be crazed by hunger when it’s time to take your exam.

Get a good night’s sleep, no matter what.
Staying up late to study the night before is not the best way to be prepared, because your fatigue will make it harder to concentrate and recall the material you DO know when you’re actually taking your exam. Plus, if you don’t have time to get much sleep between the late-night study session and your test, your brain won’t have a chance to organize and store the material that you were learning, so it will be hard to remember what you tried to learn during the late-night study session. Plan and pace your study time so you don’t have a big rush to cram the night before a test.

If it’s a routine test, take the time to do some practice problems and review anything you need to have memorized the night before, but wrap up your studying with plenty of time to get to bed and feel relaxed about getting a good night’s sleep. If it’s a really big test, like an end-of-year exam or state standards test, the best thing to do the night before is just to rest and relax after doing a little light review just to reassure yourself that you’ve got it down.

Plan ahead to make sure you get a good breakfast.
Make sure your breakfast has a lot of protein – like eggs, meat, yogurt, or fish – to fuel your brain for the long run. Check your fridge or ask your parents to take you to the grocery store in advance to make sure you have exactly what you need. Avoid toast, cereal, juice, or pop tarts, which will make your blood sugar spike, leaving you spacey and disoriented when it’s time to concentrate on your test.

It is amazing how much of a difference good sleep and good food can make – especially when combined with being knowing the material inside and out!

If you’d like to go beyond these basics to feel way more confident walking into your next math test, just click here to get started with your special application for my one-on-one math tutoring programs. Once your application is received, we’ll set up a special phone call to get clear if my approach would be a good fit for your child.

I’m here for you, and I’m so glad we’re connected!

Sending you love,
REBECCA

12 Comments on “Three simple tips for the night before your math exam”

  • Bruce on June 14th 1:41 pm

    Yea!! You are back!

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  • Nawal Fathima on September 17th 6:56 am

    Oh Rebecca thank u soooooo much.because of u I got 100% in last maths test!thankyooooo.I sent us a mail.plzzz reply to it.

  • Rebecca Zook on November 28th 10:07 pm

    Dear Nawal, Hey there! Thanks so much for your comment! For some reason I am just seeing it now. I’m glad to hear that my tips were helpful to you! I never got your email, I would love to hear what you sent, if you’d like to send it again!

  • Tann on March 9th 12:32 pm

    Hey, I agree to all of this. I have tried it before works pretty well. But, I really had no time to prepare at all and it is night now, 9:30 pm. I got a Math (end of year) exam tomorrow and I’m freaking out. I had a good nap and I might stay up late to work on some familiar problems. Would it be okay to, you know, stay up late. Like 3-4am I’d probably go catch some Zs. Exam starts at 7:30, Need to report earlier than that though. Some help would be nice. πŸ™‚

  • Aditi Malhotra on March 14th 2:51 am

    hey rebecca,i have sent u a mail..i hope you will answer that as fast as possible

  • Sean on October 2nd 5:36 am

    I can’t concentrate on math
    I just feel
    weird to study
    help me so i can get 100

  • Rebecca Zook on October 8th 4:19 pm

    Sean, hey there! Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you reaching out. If you’d like to work together in one of my private one-on-one tutoring programs, just have your parents email me at rebecca@zooktutoring.com, and I’ll get them started with my special application process! Hang in there πŸ™‚

  • parpar on March 2nd 6:36 pm

    OMG I need help I have a huge unit test in algebra 2maroow and I have no idea what I’m doing

  • Rebecca Zook on March 2nd 6:42 pm

    Hey there! Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you reaching out. If you’d like to work together in one of my private one-on-one tutoring programs, just have your parents email me at rebecca@zooktutoring.com, and I’ll get them started with my special application process! Hang in there πŸ™‚

  • harsha veena on March 14th 1:26 am

    i have my maths board exam in 4 days .thank u for these tips

  • sts on April 10th 1:14 am

    thanks rebecca i scored 100percent in mark.
    i will follow it for my next math exam also

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