It’s that time of the year where most students fear most! With exam season fast approaching, many students find focusing and concentrating harder than ever.
Here are simple steps to strengthen your attention and focus:
1. Eat well for mental clarity
Brain foods can have a great impact on increasing your cognitive functioning and improving your performance at exams such as:
a) Berries: Berries can be the perfect snack for you while studying. Not only they are extremely tasty, but also they are rich in antioxidants and Gallic acid which is known for its neuro-protective properties.
b) Dark chocolate: Good news! Dark chocolate can be your choice if you want to improve your concentration, mood, and productivity. It’s packed with magnesium which reduces anxiety and stress. It also plays a great role in boosting your mood by stimulating the happiness hormones in your brain such as serotonin and endorphins.
c) Fish: Fatty fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids where they’re known to play an important role in brain-cell development, regulating cognitive and behavioral functioning, and lowering risks of heart disease.
d) Nuts: Munching on nuts can be your way to prevent you from going nuts while studying! Nuts are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids that help keeping you focused and satisfied.
e) Avocados: They are mostly monosaturated fats which improve blood flow to the brain.
2. Drink water
If you are dehydrated, you’ll most probably experience painful headaches, fatigue, and loss of focus. Make sure to drink at least 2 Liters of water daily and avoid drinking too much caffeine as they will dehydrate you further and you will be more prone to feeling sluggish later.
3. Stay Organized
- Gather all your study materials and clear away the things that you don’t need.
- Set long-term and short-term goals
- Create a schedule for studying by prioritizing your tasks and structuring a study time for each.
- After finishing a task, reward yourself with something to keep you motivated.
4. Take short breaks
Take short breaks after 45-50 minutes of studying to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Make sure to invest your time wisely by choosing the right activities such as going outside and breathing the fresh air, stretching, meditating, and cooking a quick meal.
Researchers found that students who exercised briefly before exams showed better performance and lower stress levels. Aim for a light workout instead of vigorous ones to increase the oxygen supply to your brain, help sharpen your thinking and significantly enhance your memory without feeling sore or tired.
Finally, everyone has his own routine for studying, but learning different techniques to improve performance is always a good idea. Good Luck!