How is your revision going for the exam? how are you feeling? I just thought i’d drop you a message to see how you are getting on and hope you all is well. I also thought i’d share with you some advice which could help you succeed in your exam
1) Believe in yourself
Others have done it and you can do it too. You have passed many exams in the past and the mere fact that you have been signed off by your tutor means you are capable and have the necessary skills and knowledge to pass
2) Its normal to be anxious
As the exam draws closer, you may either feel more confident or more nervous. But its normal to be nervous before the exam, or to feel there is still a lot for you to cover. Everyone experiences this and i did to even walking into the exam, but once you start the paper, everything will be fine
3) You don’t need to know everything to pass
You have an allowance to fail certain questions and the exam is not designed to catch you out. Its not designed to make you fail. But it has been designed with an allowance for you to get a number of questions wrong but still pass. So don’t kill yourself or be stressed if there is a topic or calculation you don’t get. Chances are they may not even come up in the exam, and if they do, you can still pass the exam even without answering them or getting them wrong.
Believe in yourself, stay positive.
You will pass
Revising whilst fasting is extremely difficult so i have put together these tips for you if you are fasting. If you are not fasting, then please kindly share or forward the mail to a friend of colleague you know who is to support them and help them succeed.
Here are my “3Rs ” steps to prepare for your pre reg exam whilst fasting
Revising on an empty stomach is extremely challenging as our bodies need nutrients to perform at their best. But don’t be discouraged because there are still many things you can do to improve your revision. The first step will be to schedule your rest times. You will need to fit in rest times, not just randomly but actively schedule them.
2) Revision cards
It is difficult to absorb huge junks of information on an empty stomach. This is when you really want to maximise the use of revision cards or mind maps or any form of summary notes which can create instant links and revision tools. By this time you should have already done the bulk of your reading so use more mind maps and revision cards to optimise your revision during fasting.
You will have to adjust your revision schedule because of a change in eating times during the fasting period. But it is essential that you get the right nutrients when you can to rejuvenate your body and give it the right fuel to keep you through out the day. So here is my key tip to rejuvenate your body. keep your nutrition very very very simple. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated during eating times. Eat whole foods, brown rice, pasta, potatoes, porridge oats, bananas etc. These really help to release sugar slowly and will last a longer time. A good trick is also to eat some almonds as they are healthy fats and will also keep you fuller for longer. Also juicing, especially those berry smoothies will go a long way, giving you the right antioxidants you need for peak performance
Fasting when revising for such a special exam is very difficult but many others have done it and you can do it too. You are fasting for an important reason which is very personal to you and I sincerely believe it is not easy but it is possible. By applying some of the 3Rs above i hope this will help facilitate things for you and help you succeed.
All the best
Yes you can
PS: Please share with anyone fasting and doing exams
We are now in the examination month. Time has gone so fast hasn’t it? But the good news is you are now closer to achieving your goal of becoming a pharmacist. All these years of hard work will finally pay off. I want to make this very short because i know your time is so valuable at this stage.
So here’s what i’ve got for you. In this final month leading to your exam, there are 3 key decisions which you must focus on and which will determine whether you succeed or not. Here are the 3 key decisions you must consciously control to pass
1) Your decision on what to focus on
If you attended any of my sessions, i did highlight the importance of controlling your focus, because what ever you focus on you experience. What are you focusing on as the exam approaches this month? Are you focusing on what is going on well with your revision or are you focusing on what’s not going well? You must make a conscious decision this month to focus on positive thoughts and what is going on well
2) Your decision on what things mean
As you revise this final month you’ll unconsciously make decisions about what the
results you are experiencing mean. What does not answering certain questions correctly in your mocks or revision mean? What does getting a few questions wrong mean to you? Does it mean you will fail or does it mean you will still pass regardless?
You must take control of this process and assign the most positive and empowering meaning to the results you are getting.
3) Your decision about what to do now
You decision about what actions to take will determine your ultimate result. So what do you do when you are still not fully confident of passing the exam at this stage? Do you give up or do you persist and stay positive knowing you will be ready on the day and you will pass?
Thanks for reading. I hope this is helpful. The reason i’m sending you these messages these month is because at this stage, the most important aspect of your preparation is your ‘mental preparation’. preparing yourself mentally to pass and to be able to recall all the information you have learnt through out the year
Good luck and i’ll speak to you soon