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MacCormac College Tips To Improve Performance During Finals Week

Monday, December 11, 2017

Breathing Techniques: https://www.breatheology.com/mental-powers-breath-holding/
Science has proven that proper breathing techniques can help improve your ability to retain and recall information while studying and while taking an exam.

Pro Tip(S): while studying: take a deep breath through your nostrils then hold that breath for 3-5 seconds then push the air out in a quick exhale for 1-2 second(s).
During exam time, if you are feeling stressed out, try deep breathing and hold your breath for 1-3 seconds at-a-time while taking the exam. 

Proper Rest: https://www.survivelaw.com/single-post/309-exam-count-down-making-the-most-of-the-last-24-hours
Sleep before an exam is crucial. Your mind responds quicker and better when it's well rested so there is no need to stay up all night trying to “cram” information. Make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep before an exam.

Pro Tip: make sure to set your alarm for  9 hours before you need to wake up, that way you can benefit from hitting the snooze button a couple of times so you can feel rested.  

Hydration: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-17741653
Researchers found those who drink a bottle of water during exam time scored an average of 5% higher than those without. Dehydration can make you feel lethargic, irritable and tired.

Pro tip: Bring a bottle of water with you to your finals. Your brain will thank you!

Healthy Diet: https://www.indi.ie/fact-sheets/fact-sheets-on-nutrition-for-teens/511-smart-food-eating-well-during-exam-time.html
The brain is one of the smallest organs in the body but it uses up to 20% of the energy we need every day! The right food and drink can energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain you through long exam hours. On the other hand, the wrong dietary choices can make you feel sluggish and tired. Follow these simple tips below to help you eat your way to success!

Pro Tip(s): Don’t skip meals- especially breakfast. When you wake up, your body hasn't had any food for several hours. Breakfast gives us the energy we need to start the day off right.

*Opt for healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, popcorn, fruit scones, dried fruit, yoghurt or nuts to keep you going throughout the day.