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Old Yesterday, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by xaznstylegrlx View Post
Any tips on not getting sluggish for the afternoon session? Lunch usually makes me sleepy. I doubt I will fall asleep during an exam, but I might run low on energy.
Yeah, I would actually pay attention to the type of food to get some things like fruit with slow-burning sugars. Fast food and other processed things may give you a quick jolt and then burn out.

On top of that, I also recommend simply practicing under exam conditions. In your final weeks leading up to the exam, make it like a real exam setting, so you can deal with the fatigue (both mental and the actual hand fatigue from writing that much). It may sound silly now, but trying to be in the zone and on top of it for an intense five hours of writing really does tire people out (myself included).
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Old Yesterday, 02:32 PM
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I agree with Derek's point on fruits/slow-burning sugars. Additionally, I think going outside during lunch is a good idea (weather/location permitting). I would usually go for a quick walk. That can wake you up and make you feel more refreshed for the afternoon session.

I think it's better to stretch your legs than cram during break period, because if you cram you are going to feel fatigued. It's best to take a break and relax.
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