Are you a new graduate preparing to take your national board exam? Are you a current student just trying to ace your next test? The Student Programs Team wanted to dedicate a blog post to share some quick study tips to help maximize your study time! Here are 7 ways to beat the stress, study well and, hopefully, score well!

1. Eat right
Food is the fuel for your body and brain. Regular food intake is essential for a balanced body and mind, but ensuring a proper diet can strengthen your concentration power. Foods with lots of sugar and junk food tend to slow you down. Instead, loading up on lots of fruits and veggies is smarter and healthier.

2. Meditate
According to researchers from George Mason University and the University of Illinois, meditation has been found to be helpful for mental clarity, focus and self-discipline. Another study that was published in the Journal of Psychological Science showed that mindfulness helps student’s memory and reading comprehension.

3. De-clutter
Preparing for a large exam usually (and inevitably) includes lots of study materials. For examples, textbooks, handouts, notes, old tests, etc. All of this can really clutter your study area. However, taking a few minutes to declutter, clear and organize the area can help you think clearer and as well as help you retain more information.

4. Take a break
Study breaks are an important part of your study schedule. Study breaks should not be a way to procrastinate and they should not make the transition to and from studying difficult.
Here are some positive study break activities: take a walk, stretch, tidy up, quick shower, cook or talk to a friend
Here are some not so positive study break activities: snacking on junk food, taking a long nap, watching TV, social media, excessive caffeine or eating large meals

5. Sleep
This is important. Not getting enough sleep has serious repercussions… especially when paired with stress. Your brain needs a good 8 hours to ensure good performance, mood and health.

6. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydrate. Keeping yourself hydrated is essential to ensure and maintaining high energy. Water and fluids help aid mental alertness and concentration, and can prevent headaches.

7. Exercise
According to the U.S. News Health, exercise reverses the detrimental effects of stress, lifts depression, improves learning, builds self-esteem and improves body image, leaves you feeling euphoric, keeps the brain fit, and may even keep Alzheimer’s at bay!



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https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/energizing-study-break-ideas-what-to-avoid
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