Ten Ways To Ace Your Exams
Students often complain about not being able to retain the information they have learnt during the exam. Do you know that feeling when you have prepared really well for the exam, but once the paper is placed before you, your mind goes blank? Boom! There it goes, months of hard work all wasted.
When it comes to exams you have to relate yourself to top athletes. You can’t just focus on studying, you have to nurture your brain. That means you must eat healthy, be positive and rest your brain, leading to the exam. Just making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you can make a major difference to your results.
Feed your brain and keep it active, but also provide it rest, just as an athlete looks after its body. Many students believe that consuming energy drinks and sugar foods will help them stay awake during the exams. This will assist in keeping your mind open but will not result in an active brain thus mediocre grades.
Here are 10 ways you can improve your results:
- Sleep well
According to a 2010 study conducted by the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health It was found that if you stay awake for up to 21 hours your cognitive impairment is similar to a person who has alcohol content in his/her blood.
This shows that your concentration spam will be practically zero if you do not get enough sleep before an exam, you will be unable to recall the information you have learnt. It is important to get at least 8 hours of sleep before the big day.
2. Working out is useful for the brain and the body.
A 30 minute walk can help you drastically. Working out is as healthy for the brain as it is for the body, go for a jog or swimming or hit the gym but make sure you undertake 30 minutes of cardio. You may not have enough time on your hands prior to exams which is understandable, but exercising your brain will help you learn better and quicker and also helps in retaining the information you have learnt.
Exercise is an excellent and natural stress reliever. It helps blood flow to your brain, ensuring your brain is supplied with oxygen and antioxides so you can think better.
- Drink fluids
Our brain must be hydrated not just during the exams, but always but making a small change to our lifestyle during exam season can go a long way. You should drink lots of fluid, now this doesn’t mean consuming drinks with a high sugar content. Water and fresh juices are a healthy option.
- Focus on the topics you know best rather than those that you don’t.
We’ve all been there, the situation where you wish you had focused on a topic more or a there is a topic you didn’t pay much attention to in class. However, stop focusing on what you don’t know and focus on what you know best. It’s too late to worry now so perfect what you’re good at.
- Your teachers are there to help.
When you are students it’s easy to think that your teacher are not your well wishers but your enemies and often we can become reluctant to ask them for help, this is where we’re wrong. So if there is anything that you are finding difficult to grasp, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher. Sometimes before exams, teachers even hand out their contact numbers to ask them anything you may need to clarify, do it! If you have a question, ask. Most teachers will be there for you.
- Eat Healthy
Eat healthy, particularly on the day of the exams make sure you have a nutritious breakfast, this will help keep your brain up and retain all the information you need during the exam. According to research, skipping breakfast can reduce your cognition by 20-40%.
Good carbs are a great breakfast idea, such as:
- Oat porridge.
- Whole grain bread.
- Egg with vegetables
- And a handful of nuts.
- Skip your morning coffee
Are you a coffee person or a tea person? Well, in either case your going to have to skip your morning beverage because high caffeine drinks can stimulate stress glands and help us concentrate for a short amount of time but for the long term high caffeine drinks leave us cranky and stressed out.
Drink water instead of high caffeine drinks.
- Be organized
Make sure you organize everything you may require during the exam a night before, this includes stationary and ironing your clothes a night before. Leaving anything for the last minute can cause stress, which is the last thing you want on your mind on such an important day.
- Don’t lurk around after the exam
Go home after the exam and prepare for the next one. Don’t ask your friends what they answered for each question because this will lead to nothing but stress.
Go home, relax and if you have another exam prepare for it. What’s done is done there is no needto keep on thinking over it this will only cause you stress and refrain you from focusing on the rest and if worst comes to worst I’m sure you have the option of reappearing in the exam right?
- Getting stuck? Don’t panic.
If you get stuck during the exam, don’t panic! Take a deep breath, count to 10 and focus. If you’re not sure of the answer move to the next question and return to this one later. The worst thing you can do during an exam is panic. It will stop you from thinking clearly and therefore refrain you from obtaining a decent grade. So STOP, BREATH, FOCUS.
Good luck for your exams, follow our tips and ace it!
Ten Ways To Ace Your Exams