Instead of doing last-minute revision, I just played games on my phone and re-read Harry Potter. During exams, I don’t sit still, really silent. Instead, I talk to myself and kick things within reach. I also rarely check my answers. Then I try to catch up on my sleep. After the exam, I come out with panda eyes!
Charlotte Choi, 12, Sha Tin College
As weird as it sounds, I thanked my table and seat at the end of each exam for accompanying me through an uphill battle. I really believed they would bring me good luck (and they did)!
Adrian Leung, 20, University of Hong Kong
The night before an exam, I sleep at 10pm. Our brains are not as efficient after studying all day long. So I prefer not to study at night. Hours before an exam, I also tell myself to not listen to any music, because when I hear it, I automatically think of the lyrics and dance moves. Then I might forget all the things that I studied earlier!
Kesha Leung Hoi-ni, 15, Creative Secondary School
Eating as many fruits and nuts as my stomach allows before an exam. Since childhood, my parents have encouraged me to eat a lot while studying because it will significantly improve my performance during exams. It’s not just a myth; it has been scientifically proven and is common among many students.
Saba Iftkhar, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
Feasting on a whole bucket of ice cream the night before the exam. This form of “stress-eating” gives me more energy to revise. However, I usually fall asleep while revising! I also sleep with the textbooks under my pillow. Call me superstitious, but I think that helps.
Chu Hin-yeung, 15, Creative Secondary School
Before an exam or during revision, I like to meditate as it helps me remember and process information. Besides meditation, I visualise successfully revising (or completing the exam), which is a good motivational tool. I also switch between different subjects during revision so that I don’t get bored. But if that doesn’t work for you, it’s best to concentrate on one subject at a time.
Wesley Wong, 15, Creative Secondary School
I give my dog a big hug before I sit an exam. Whenever I’m with my dog, I feel very energetic, so hugging him is my good luck charm. Weird, I know!
Shivali Chan Wing-yi, 17, Delia Memorial School Broadway
When it comes to exams, I don’t do anything out of the ordinary, but I do have one or two rituals. Since I am a Christian, I pray the night before the exam and hope that I can get decent grades. I also use a certain pen during the exam in the hope that it will bring me good luck.
Nicholas Lumley-Smith, 16, Creative Secondary School
I did my DSEs last year and I remember stocking up on coffee like I was going to Antarctica for a month. It was a mistake, because I’m the only one at home who drinks coffee. It took a while to finish all of them.
Joy Pamnani, 18, University of Hong Kong
My unusual exam routine is to sit forward in my chair so my body gives my brain a signal that the exam is about to begin and that I have to brace myself!
Anushka Purohit, 17, Renaissance College
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