Posts will be regularly added from January 2017 to give help and advice for preparing and revising for your exams.
It’s the time of year when all that matters are grades, grades and more grades.
A common mistake many students make during this crucial period is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often eaten in place of normal meals to “keep energy levels up”. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance.
Here are some brain food recommendations during the most stressful period of your academic year…
Salmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keep a functioning brain working well. I’m sure you have heard of the saying that fish is great brain food. It’s true!
Eggs are healthy and good brain food. During exam time, who wants to hear a rumbling tummy during the late nights and early mornings spent revising? Eggs can be boiled, poached, scrambled, or made sunny-side up and they will keep those hunger pains at bay for far longer than traditional cereals.
Vegetables and fruit are low in calories, delicious and can give you an energy boost when you are working away at revising, since they contain fructose and healthy sugars your body can convert into energy. Top snacking fruits: apples, bananas, avocadoes, berries.
Many people think peanut butter is an unhealthy food, but it actually contains healthy fats and lots of protein per serving. This means that as a brain food, just a little can keep you full for a long time.
While you want heaps of energy during the day for revision, come bedtime ensure your body and mind are ready to rest. Lack of sleep will make it impossible to understand the detailed theory of Geordie Shore let alone anything else, and you’ll be much more likely to reach for a sugary fix to get you through the learning lulls.
Warm milk and herbal teas before bed have a sedative effect, while a carb-rich snack an hour or so before you head upstairs will clear the way for sleep-inducing amino acids to reach the brain. You should also avoid using a computer or phone immediately before bedtime.
It is vital that you turn off social media while you’re revising. No one needs to see your selfies with your revision notes, no one needs to read about how fed up you are of revision. THEY KNOW. But if you turn Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and WhatsApp and Snapchat off, you’ll find you’re a lot more productive and remember a lot more because you’re not being distracted.
If you feel particularly brave you could deactivate your accounts for the exam period. If this seems too scary, there are apps to help you. If you use Google Chrome, StayFocsd and Facebook Nanny limit your social networking use.