The Best Way to Prepare The Night Before Your GED®, TASC®, or HiSet®

~ Sleeping On It vs. Cramming ~

The night before you take your GED, TASC or HiSet, it’s tempting to stay up and “cram” as much information as possible. It may even seem like the best use of your time in a world where every second counts. But is that the best way to prepare your brain?

Let’s look at how your brain works. There are three stages, according to Harvard Medical School.

  • Learn something new: Acquisition Stage
  • Store what you learned in your memory: Consolidation Stage
  • Remember what you learned when you need it : Recall Stage

Your brain has to work hard to learn new facts, retain them, and remember them. Just like any other muscle, it needs rest after a hard workout.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, you can’t skip that rest. If you don’t sleep, you can’t learn.

  • Mental clarity – Your concentration decreases and information doesn’t always make sense.
  • Mood – Your attitude sours and you are less willing to learn.
  • Attention span – The amount of time you can focus dramatically shrinks.
  • Memory – Your ability to recall information fades.

In fact, if you pull an all-nighter, your brain won’t just FORGET old information, it will actually REPELL new information. Plus, it will need to rest after that workout — right around the time you are taking that big test!

Sleep is related to brainpower. The more sleep you get, the easier it is:

  • To learn
  • To focus
  • To apply concepts
  • To remember

So if you want to get the most out of your class time, perform the best on a high school equivalency test, or even impress a potential employer at an interview, be sure to get a good night’s sleep.

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