Paying attention in class andÂ doing your homework will help you do well in school. Getting a good night’s sleep will make a big difference, too. But did you know that eating right can also give you a boost?
We’ve put together a few tips to help you study smarter and better your test performance:
- SLEEP TIGHT.Â Try to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. The last couple hours are especially important, since that’s when your brain converts short-term memory to long-term.
- EAT BREAKFAST. Students who eat breakfast have better concentration, problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. They also have more energy. But make it a light breakfast. Ideally, you should consume about 25% of your daily calorie allowance. Digesting too heavy a breakfast will make you sleepy.
- EAT WELL. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like eggs, flax seed, kiwi fruit and walnuts. All of them improve brain function.
- GET YOUR VITAMINS.Â VitaminsÂ like folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 improve the ability to recall information. Choline, the fat-like B vitamin found in eggs, has been shown to enhance memory and minimize fatigue.
- STAY COOL. Â Don’t wear too many layers on test day; studies show that people perform better on tests at slightly cooler temperatures.
- REV UP! Nothing relieves stress and clears your mindÂ like exercise. So an hour or two before the test, put down your books and stretch or go for a jog.
- HYDRATE.Â Have some water before test-time, but don’t over-do it. Too much can have an adverse effect on brain function.
- KEEP CALM.Â Don’t cram right before the test. Instead, use the time to relax and clear your mind.
- SKIP THE JOLT.Â Most energy drinks are not only overly-caffeinated, but they contain a lot of glucose, which converts into energy faster than most sugars. So you’ll not only be jittery, but could evenÂ hit a post-sugar slump before exam end.