Six Essentials for Exam Success


1. Drink Water

Drinking water and brain function are integrally linked with one another.

Drinking enough water is crucial, especially when studying for and writing exams.


2. Eat Brain Food: A constant supply of glucose

The brain, which accounts for 2 percent of our body weight, sucks down roughly 20 percent of our daily calories. It demands a constant supply of glucose — primarily obtained from recently eaten carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains etc.).

Read the full article here on how to eat for optimal brain function.


3. Get enough SLEEP

Enough sleep is crucial both for absorbing new information as well as for memory consolidation. A minimum of 8 hours of good sleep is recommended each night during exams. Schedule it into your exam schedule and make it a priority.

Common sleep mistakes prevent us getting the benefits of sleep. These sleep mistakes are:

Television - watching TV before bed leads to going to sleep later.

Napping - napping at the wrong times can effect your ability to sleep at night.

An irregular sleeping pattern – going to bed a different times each night confuses your internal body clock and messes with your sleeping pattern.

Using your phone – the bright light from your phone mimics daylight and stops melatonin being fully released, keeping you wide awake.

Caffeine – Don't drink caffeinated drinks before bed time or you won't be able get to sleep!


4. Make a List of Important Concepts/Formulas

Many people think you are either “good at maths” or not.

However Maths is a Studying Subject.

Over and above the calculation and problem solving skills that need to be practiced and developed, there are numerous concepts and formulas that need to be understood and committed to memory.

We recommend that you make a list of concepts as you study and memorise the meaning/ definition/ formula for each.


5. Take regular breaks: Breathe, Stretch, Re-focus

Set an alarm for every 30 minutes and then take a short 5-10 minute break.

Leave your study area and walk around, preferable in the sun.

Do not use your cell phone or watch TV during this time. 

It tires your eyes and prevents your brain from feeling refreshed. 

Read more here


6. Complete Practice Exams

This is so important!

It is a great way to test what you do and don’t know.

It also helps improve your exam writing skills and familiarize yourself with different question types i.e. multiple choice, fill in the blank, match the columns etc.

We have exams from Gr 3 - 7 available on our website.

They are digital (PDF) products.

1. Order and Pay

2. The files will be emailed to you

3. Print

4. Practice :)


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