Apart from making sure you know your content, making sure you save your work (I turned off my computer to sleep for a couple of hours and once it switched off I thought I forgot to save it. I opened my Intellectual Property folder only to find it wasn't there and my heart dropped. But then I found it on my desktop. Thank God. Seriously), remembering to eat and remembering to take breaks... all that obvious stuff, there's one major thing I learnt..
Start by getting your heart in the right place.
Always get your heart right before you do something. Get your heart right in the morning. Get your heart right before a presentation. Get your heart right before you meet someone.
On Monday I had group meetings and a presentation. Yesterday morning I had a case study for two hours until 10AM and at 9AM my law exam was released. I'd spent my weekend preparing for the law exam and Monday night I should've probably been studying right? For my case study if not my exam? My heart and mind were just everywhere and I made the decision then and there to just spend time at His feet. To read His word and declare it over my life.
And that really set me right in my head. I had a couple of freak out moments during the 32 hours because there was literally so much to write about but I didn't feel overwhelmed. This was new because this semester with so much going on I was often feeling very anxious and overwhelmed because of the load of everything.
I still remember waking up on mornings after WACE exams in high school in a panic thinking that I'd overslept and still had an exam that day. It was crazy. But when I woke this morning, I felt so grounded and ready to continue. Note to self. Always be aware of where your heart is.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23