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Elena's Blog: Keep calm this Exam Period

By Megan 19 Nov 2019


With the exam period only a stone-throw away, it’s mandatory to keep ourselves fit and “ready for battle”!!! Yes, we should eat healthy, exercise and blah blah blah…!!!! Yet, time at this point is luxury and we are broke! Obviously, as in anything, the trick is to keep yourself organised and make a schedule you can follow. So, with this article I intend to give tips on how to keep your energy levels high and keep yourself happy, while spending less time contemplating “what would it have been like, if the day had more hours”…

  1. Keep it simple with the food: The brain, like our entire body, needs energy to function properly throughout the day. Therefore, it is important to keep track of what we consume daily and try to maintain a healthy diet, as much as possible. First and foremost, we need to make sure that breakfast is made part of that lifestyle! It is indeed the most important meal of the day, since it is will boost brain functions, such as memory and learning. 

    As far as the rest meals of the day are concerned, there are so many budget options for students available, that can be whipped up fast, or can be made over the weekend to keep in the fridge/freezer and consume during the week. The link below by BBC provides a few recipes you could have a look at and get some ideas! 

    Best foods to eat for breakfast are those high in fibre and natural sugars, since products with natural sugars (such as fruits) will give the effect of gradually releasing energy, that will last longer during the day, rather than artificial sugars which give a sugar rush and make you feel exhausted two hours later. 

  2. Work hard - Play hard: Yes, you need to study a lot to make sure you are prepared for the exams, while having to write 2000 word essays, and for most, work as well. In most cases, weekends are reserved for work, however, it is important to take at least one day to yourself per week and do things you enjoy or/and catch up with friends and family.   

  3.  Make sure you catch those Zzzzzs 

    Apparently, according to a study that took place in France in 2016, when in education, sleep can affect the long term memory of information absorbed during the learning process. Meaning, if you have a good night’s sleep, the information you learn can be recalled even a year later. Additionally, people that sleep around 7 hours each night find it easier and quicker to learn, opposed to those who have had insufficient sleep. Another study in 2013, has proven that sleep deprivation with purpose to cover more study material, not only will backfire because the individual will find it hard to learn during the studying process, but it also has been associated with poor exam performance due to difficulty in concentration and lack of ability to use the memory function efficiently!

    So, think twice before you decide to spend all night on coffee and sugar just to learn an extra few paragraphs.. Maybe you should consider sleeping early and waking up in the crack of dawn to study your notes! I know it works for me!

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