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Tips for Final Exams

Tips for Final Exams
1. Eat well. A diet of high-calorie, high-fat foods can make you feel sluggish.  Try to incorporate some of the following top brain foods during finals week!
  • Eggs – The whites are protein rich while the yolks contain a precious nutrient called choline, which improves memory, focus, and overall cognitive performance.
  • Walnuts – Did you know that walnuts are extremely high in antioxidants, which promote brain function? So sprinkle them on salads, your morning cereal, or grab a handful for a brain-boosting crunch.

  • Lentils – Red, orange, green, and brown, this colorful legume is super rich in folate, a type of B vitamin that enhances brain power and increases the dopamine function within brain, to boost both performance and mood.

  • Beets – Roast them, pickle them, bake them—whatever you do with beets when you eat them you’re getting a blast of genius to your brain in the form of natural nitrates. This root veggie actually encourages fresh blood flow to the brain, which in turn, boosts mental performance.

  • Oats – The body and brain love this healthy source of glucose more than any other. That’s why food scientists recommend oatmeal for breakfast to fill you up and keep your body and brain powered all morning long.

  • Sardines – This little fishy is jam-packed with EPA and DHA, two types of omega-3 fatty acids that help you focus thanks to boosting brain cells and neurotransmitters. If you’re not a fan of fish, try taking a daily fish oil capsule instead.

  • Avocados – These green powerhouses are packed with the “good” fat, keeping blood sugar levels steady. Containing both vitamin K and folate, avocados help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.

  • Blueberries – One of the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man, including vitamin C and vitamin K and fiber. Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at protecting our brains from stress.

  • Broccoli – Your mom got it right when she told you to eat your broccoli. It’s one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Real extra virgin olive oil is truly a brain food. Thanks to the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols that are found in the oil, including EVOO in your diet may not only improve learning and memory.

2. Get enough rest – You NEED between 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best.  Sleep is food for the brain. Sleep gives cells a chance to regenerate, muscles to repair themselves, and the brain a chance to recalibrate hormone levels that affect mood, appetite and ability to focus.

3. Are you anxious about your final tests or exams? Check out the stress-busting tips below.

  • Organize your study sessions – remember, your brain needs a break every 20-25 minutes of intense focus. Check out the Pomodoro Technique video to learn why this works!
  • Arrive to school early or stay a few minutes after to ask your teachers questions – JUST ASK!

  • Get moving to manage stress – Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.

  • Deep Breathing  Really? Just breathing deeply makes everything go away? Not exactly! But deliberate, slow, deep breathing exercises can significantly increase your body’s coping mechanisms.



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