1. Trust in Allah.
Never put your Tawakkul (trust) in the means. Don’t trust your pen, your writing, your computer, your status, your writing skills, your books, your studying, your memory, these are all means. Use the means, but do not put your dependence on them. Allah Almighty is the one who opens your brain. He is the one who will pass you. Stop doing sins and call unto him, Ya Fattaah, Ya Fatthaah. (O Great Opener) He is Al-Fattaah. The Great Opener. He is Al-Hafeedh. The Great Protector. He is the only one who can keep the knowledge in your mind. The name of Allah you find most appropriate to help you, keep this name of Allah in your mind and keep on calling Him by it.
2. Recite this Du’aa from Quran
There is a Du’aa supplication of Prophet Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) in the Quran for opening the tightness of the chest and removing any fear that one might feel.
Rabbi – O My Lord,
Ishrah li sadri – Expand my chest,
Wa Yassir li Amri – Ease my task for me,
Wahlul uqdatam min lisani – Untie the knot in my tongue/ myself,
Yafqahu Qawli – So they may understand what I say / write / express.
Recite this Du’aa in the days prior to the exam. Keep the meaning in mind while reciting it.
3. Supplication for ease / to remove stress
We have been taught the following beautiful supplication which makes us realise our weakness and that all strength and ease comes only from Almighty Allah.
Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa anta taj’alul hazna idhaa shi’ ta sahla.
O Allah there is no ease except that which You make easy, and indeed You, when You want make difficulties easy.
4. To attract divine mercy, keep calm and retain peace of mind.
The best thing to remember what you’ve forgotten is to sincerely send Salawat (salutations) on Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). The reason why the pious prescribe Salawat when forgetting something is because each time you recite Salawat, it brings you ten mercies from Almighty Allah. This mercy will surround and assist you.
5. Salaatul Haajah.
Leave the last minute. Do Wudu and perform two good Rakaats of Salaah. Don’t do this only for exams. Don’t be like the guy who prays hard and gives lots of Sadaqah (charity) in the Masjid box before the exam but then neglects days of Salaah after he passes his exam. Don’t play games with Allah. Be constant on your prayers before and after.
6. Remember that Allah is in control of the exam hall, the examiner and all else.
Don’t be overwhelmed. Pray and have faith. Use this as a time to build your trust in Him. O Allah, nothing is in my control, you bought me this far, keep staying by my side. O Allah, Malikal Mulk, tu’izzu man tashaa’, O Allah, You are the King of Kings, You honour whoever You wish. O Allah, I believe that You can give me this honour today!
7. Don’t give in to the whispers of Shaytan.
The whispers of the devil can kill you. Don’t let him turn your attention to anything unworthy. Don’t let him distract you with YouTube, friends, etc. Repeat Dhikr to ward him off. Indeed, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort.
8. Allah is sufficient for me and the best of guardians.
After you’ve put in the 100% effort, believe firmly that Allah is sufficient for you. A powerful supplication of the pious of the past was ‘HasbiyAllahu Wa Ni’mal Wakeel’ (Allah is sufficient for me and He is the best of guardians). Test out these words with Eemaan (firm faith). When Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhis Salam) was dropped into the fire, the huge fire, when he was catapulted into the fire, Jibraeel (Alayhis Salam) told him, are you not going to call unto Allah? The first thing Ibrahim (Alayhis Salam) said was HasbiyAllah (Allah is sufficient for me). The Sahaabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) in the Battle of Uhud, repeated, HasbunAllahu Wa Nimal Wakeel (Allah is sufficient for us and He is the best of guardians).
Be sincere with Allah and he will guide you on your path.