We saved one of the most important tips for last. Cramming at the last minute, relying on energy drinks, or pulling an all-nighter are going to be counterproductive strategies to doing well on an exam. The key is to support your brain and body in ways that are going to help you perform your best.
For starters, getting adequate sleep between study sessions and the night before your exam is going to be your best ally in achieving a passing grade. It’s also important to ensure you’re eating well and not relying on caffeine to push through. Before your exam, plan a balanced breakfast that includes protein such as eggs or nut butter to keep you full and energized.
During study sessions, take breaks! This could include two-minute stretch breaks, snack breaks, or going for a 10-minute walk. How often you’ll need to take breaks differs for everyone, but if you notice you’re having trouble focusing, feeling hungry, or that your body feels tense, it may be time for a break.
While studying is essential for test success, taking care of your body will provide the foundation you need to maximize your study sessions and perform your best on test day.
Knowing how to study for an AP test and then following through on your strategy will help ensure that all the learning and preparation you’ve done so far will be rewarded with passing exam scores.
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