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Eating for exams

An excellent piece of advice was given to our last exam-related blog by dlclair: “Eat an apple 30 min to one hour prior to taking an exam” which led me to look at Stella Cottell’s Exam skills handbook for more exam diet advice. She comments, first, that eating well in the month before is wise. Some foods that have proven benefits for brain function include omega-3 and omega-6 found in fatty fish and flaxseed, and isoflavins found in soya foods. Probably most important though is to keep hydrated when doing exams. A 2% drop in hydration has been shown to reduce memory and cognition function. Pure water is better than high sugar and sugar free drinks. Energy drinks may help, but high caffeine can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety. So take in a drink bottle and good luck! Your exam tips are welcome.

1 comment to Eating for exams

  • Michael

    Have a normal sleep pattern 2-3 days before the exam. It’s probably impossible for most people but I’ve found the exams in which I actually slept properly for, I’ve done very well.