As a general guideline, eating something (snack or meal) every 3-5 hours can help you stay energized and focused so you can power through your studies without feeling tired and distracted. This means if you’re planning to camp in the library to study for mid-terms, you better bring your snack A-game.
Feel like you might get so wrapped up in studying you’ll forget to take snack breaks? Then it’s time for timers. Eat before you head to the library and set a timer for a few hours later to remind you to fuel up. Timers can also be helpful to remind you to get up every hour and move around for AT LEAST 5 minutes. Movement helps improve memory retention, concentration, and your ability to think creatively which are important for long study sessions. When you notice your focus and concentration starting to waiver that is your body telling you it is time to MOVE!
DO NOT DISTURB
Phones are SUPER distracting. One minute you are looking at it to check the time and then 6 hours later you have been sucked into the social media vortex. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and only look at it when your reminder goes off to take a break. Think you might still be tempted? Put it in your bag and out of sight.
Stick To A Routine
Our bodies thrive on routine so it is important to keep to your regular reschedule as much as possible while prepping for exams. This means NO ALL-NIGHTERS, making time for exercise, meal prepping, and any other staple activities that you have planned.
Before you take your exam....
Moving helps to improve circulation of blood and oxygen which impacts your brains ability to function properly. Instead of sitting down to cram those last few minutes before your exam, spend 5 – 10 minutes moving (i.e. walking) to help improve your ability to concentrate and think clearly for your exam.
Imagine you’ve done all your studying and you feel confident, the way to make sure you’re on top of your game at test time is to make sure you’re feeling satisfied and energized. I know it’s hard when you’re trying to get to the exam on time and get some last minute studying in, but if you’re hungry during the test, your empty stomach might be what you wind up focusing on and not the test! #HealthyOwls Nourish to Flourish!
We know that you want to capitalize on every second you have when it comes to prepping for your test, but let's be honest, in those last 10 minutes before an exam, you most likely aren't going to learn or retain anything you already didn't know. Take those last few minutes to try out some relaxation techniques, settle your heart rate, and just unwind. We love using Headspace or Calm app!