Food for thought when cramming

2015-11-18 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  Eating healthily when studying is something pupils should also focus on.

PHOTO: sourced Eating healthily when studying is something pupils should also focus on.

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EXPECTING our brains to memorise volumes of work during exam time or to retain information it receives daily requires fuel, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day for this, said dietician Sharon Hultzer.

Eating breakfast helps you not to get tired and keeps your energy levels up. You do not need a heavy breakfast, a fruit and yoghurt or boiled egg, even a glass of milk with a fruit will make a big difference.

“During exam times do not became so engrossed in studying that eating falls on the side-line. Skipping meals will cause blood sugar levels­ to drop, resulting in feeling tired and sluggish,” said Hultzer.

Eating healthy food is not expensive, and you can grow beans, sweet potatoes and other vegetables that are healthy for you at home.

Not only should pupils watch what they eat, it is also important that they look after themselves in all areas.

Educational specialist Wayne Hugo said: “There are five very important rules that pupils should be following during this time — they should pace themselves, make notes, take breaks, do exercise during the breaks, and test themselves after each break.”

Hugo said exercise floods the brain with blood and electrical impulses to recharge and balance it out. It also encourages you to drink more water and rehydrate.

“Never just re-read what you have studied and think that because you recognise it again, it will stick — making notes is also very important.”

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