Tips to Improve
Science has proven that proper breathing techniques can help improve your ability to retain and
recall information while studying and while taking an exam.
While studying: take a deep breath through your nostrils, then hold that breath for 3 to 5
seconds, then push the air out in a quick exhale for 1 to 2 seconds. During exam time, if you are
feeling stressed out, try deep breathing and hold your breath for 1 to 3 seconds at a time while
taking the exam.
Sleep before an exam is crucial. Your mind responds quicker and better when it’s well rested,
so there is no need to stay up all night trying to “cram” information. Make sure you are getting
at least 8 hours of sleep before an exam.
Make sure to set your alarm for 1 hour before you need to wake up — that way you can benefit
from hitting the snooze button a couple of times so you can feel rested.
Researchers found that those who drink a bottle of water during exam time scored an average
of 5% higher than those who did not. Dehydration can make you feel lethargic, irritable and tired.
Bring a bottle of water with you to your finals. Your brain will thank you!
The brain is one of the smallest organs in the body, but it uses up to 20% of the energy we need
every day! The right food and drink can energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain
you through long exam hours. On the other hand, the wrong dietary choices can make you feel
sluggish and tired. Follow these simple tips to help you eat your way to success!
Don’t skip meals — especially breakfast. When you wake up, your body hasn’t had any food
for several hours. Breakfast gives us the energy we need to start the day off right.
Opt for healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, popcorn, fruit scones, dried fruit, yogurt or nuts
to keep you going throughout the day.