Keeping things steady before your exam

2 November 2020

The November ACA Case Study exam has certainly kept us on our toes. With the results from the Scour Case Study exam released after November AI was published on 22 September, those of you resitting, in particular, may be concerned about your limited time to prepare for the Beal Case Study exam.  

With just 2 days to go, you may be feeling under-prepared and overwhelmed. This is how most of us are wired – we fear the worst and tend to forget how much we have actually done.

Exams are stressful at the best of times and added to this we have ever-changing Covid-19 measures to contend with.  With this in mind, we want to share a few tips to help reduce your stress on exam day and have you feeling confident and energised for the exam.

1. Use your blueprint

You have spent time getting comfortable with your exam technique and refining it to build you confidence in your ability to pass. As you speak to friends and colleagues who are also taking, or have already sat, the Case Study exam, they are bound to share their tips on how to pass. Changing course in the last 2 days, and pinning your future on something new, is not a wise move.

This extends to your lifestyle as well as your exam technique. For example, now is not the time to try experimenting with a new diet or exercise; you need to know you will be comfortable for those 4 hours.

2. Eat well

Your body needs fuel in order function. Enjoy a good mix of carbohydrates, fats and proteins at every meal in the build up to the exam. On the morning of the exam, don’t be tempted by more caffeine or sugar than you are used to and opt for foods that release energy slowly, so you are less likely to feel that energy slump mid-way through your exam.

3. Prepare now

You know what you need to take with you into the exam centre. If you are taking this exam by remote invigilation, it is important to prepare everything you need in advance, from your notes to your identification. Have it packed ready to go. Not only do you avoid a last minute panic on the morning of the exam, it is one less thing to keep you up at night as you wonder where your passport is.   

4. Sleep

With the pressure of work and exam study, it is easy to think that you can forego a couple of hours sleep and catch up after the exam. A cumulative lack of sleep can have a serious impact on your brain function and motor skills. Your exam is 4 hours of intense concentration and you need your body and mind to be rested.

5. Believe in yourself

You have spent hours refining your AI notes, undertaking mock exams and developing your technique based on your marks feedback. The important thing now is to not let your nerves get the better of you. Stress can play havoc with decision making, but you have the tools to manage it. Read the requirements carefully, use all of the exam paper information you are given, and go to work.

Visualise this exam as a stepping-stone that is within reach. It’s the final step before your ACA and you have worked hard over a long time to get here. Be confident in your ability to succeed.

Thanks for following our blogs and we wish you all the best on Wednesday.

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