Maximise your studying, revision and exam performance by looking after your body and mind. Make sure you include time for relaxing, refuelling and refreshing in your schedule.
What we eat and drink influences not only physical performance but mental performance too. If you want to boost concentration, memory and mood in the run up to exams try some of these:
“5 a day” of fruit and veg
Oily fish every week
Cut down “bad“ fats. Don’t rely on fast food!
Good breakfast to start the day
Eat regularly and have healthy snacks (raw carrots, celery, chopped nuts, raisins, dates, etc.)
Drink plenty of fluids (Research suggests drinking water during exams can help improve grades – so don’t forget your water bottle!) though limit caffeinated and sugary drinks, especially before bed
Go steady with alcohol – bad for performance and sleep quality
Some anxiety can help motivate, but high levels of stress cause excess adrenaline resulting in headaches, racing heart, fatigue, irritability and sleep problems. Physical activity uses this adrenaline, reducing these symptoms. It also releases endorphins, improving your mood. Including some exercise in your day will boost energy and clear your head. It doesn’t have to be a two-hour gym session or a five-mile run. A brisk walk is great exercise and doesn't need specialist kit or planning. Even small bouts of activity can reduce tension and boost productivity.
An organised class or activity could help. Schedule them to fit your timetable. It will give a welcome break from academic thoughts – and mix with different people.
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