You may believe that you do your best work in the wee hours after a dozen hot chocolates with coffee shots and a good two hours’ sleep the night before, but I need to ring a reality bell here: you don’t. Your best performance needs a body and mind in good condition. This is even more important if you perhaps haven’t absorbed as much subject content as you could have done over the preceding term of education…
Sleep deprivation isn’t great, but you can actually go without your full ten hours as long as you get at least six and feed your body the right foods. Fish really is the food for the brain and oily fish are your friend as they’re packed full of omega-3 nutrients that super-charge that grey matter. Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit will set your cells humming and ready to work for you. Finally, keep it all hydrated with a water-bottle on your desk that is actually consumed throughout the day. Your decision-making will thank you for it: only 5% dehydration of the brain will slow your decision-making…and at 5% of dehydration, you won’t even feel thirsty.
Don’t overdo the toast either: Too much carbohydrate is going to lull you to sleep, just when you need to feel sharp and ready to absorb all that cerebral material – and booting sleepiness with caffeine isn’t going to do you any favours when you really need some shut-eye. Keep up enough food in small, balanced meals throughout the day to minimise blood sugar highs and lows – aim for five small meals per day with an abundance of green and yellow vegetables. You can celebrate with a five-course extravaganza when you get your results!
Miranda Banks – www.examconfidence.co.uk
Exam Confidence is a specialised education provider, delivering the highest quality GCSE, A level courses and IB revision courses for 15-18 year olds through England. Our intensive revision courses are run by chief and principal examiners and are thorough and meticulous in their approach. We combine vigorous exam technique training together with highly qualified teachers and chief examiners to administer the lessons. We incorporate performance psychology to enhance motivation and student focus in each revision course.
We are driven by the potential of each of our students- our results show that students who attend our courses perform better in exams and achieve higher grades.
What We Provide – Christmas 2011
- Intensive, unit-specific, exam board-specific two-day revision for A Level. Each course is facilitated by a chief or principal examiner and a highly competent, enthusiastic teacher. Performance psychology is incorporated into the courses to ensure maximum motivational enhancement and student focus. Class sizes are a maximum of ten students and an average of six.