Early mornings, late nights and long stints in the library means it's too easy to be tempted by takeaways, Red Bull and bumper packs of Haribo...
But a common mistake students make during exam time is eating the wrong foods, because the right sustenance can do wonders for your memory and your performance in exams!
- Taste the rainbow
No, not by eating lots of skittles! When it comes to planning meals, include a plate of rainbow coloured vegetables every day to get enough nutrients to fuel your brain and body. They're low in calories, delicious and will give you that much-needed energy boost.
- Can't sleep? This might be why!
Eating foods that are high in sugar or fat in the evening (pizza, creamy pasta, cakes, biscuits...) can mess with your sleep and leave you feeling lethargic in the morning!
- How NOT to feel groggy in the morning
You don't want to wake up on exam day still half asleep and struggling to get motivated. A dinner with carbs and a serving of lean protein the night before will help you wake up with energy and ready to ace that exam!
- What's for breakfast?
It's best to have slow-release carbohydrates, such as porridge, whole grain bread or low-sugar muesli, for enough energy to set you up for the day! Adding protein, like milk, yoghurt or eggs, will also keep you feeling full for longer - to stop you snacking on those sweets.
- For monster strength...
Make sure you stay clear of energy drinks like Monster & Red Bull...ahh the irony. They might give you a quick boost, but they'll probably make you crash later.
- How to keep hydrated
Keeping hydrated maximises focus, as even mild dehydration can lead to tiredness and reduced concentration. You probably don't need to be told what to drink to do this, right? Water is best, but milk and small amounts of fruit juice also count!
Top tip: Take a bottle of water into every exam
If you've found yourself struggling to get motivated, stay concentrated, or even get out of bed to revise after the Christmas break, following these simple tips might just do the trick.