With exams currently underway and stress levels extra high, we look at a few tips to help your child focus through this difficult time.
- Make a schedule – and stick to it!
You might feel that it takes up time that you could have spent studying, but in the end it makes getting started much easier, helps you stay on track with what you still have to learn, and it can help motivate you as you cross off the work that you have already done.
Make sure to prioritize everything so that you make sure you get through the most important stuff first, and know it as best you can.
- Lighten the mood
Believe it or not bright lights help you concentrate and prevent you from dozing off when studying for the “not so fun” class.
- Get some exercise
Working out is the best way to blow off steam and work off stress. Get creative, go kayaking with a friend or shoot hoops with some people after class, it will be better for you in the long run.
- Chew some gum
Chewing gum will help you stay focused while studying and it is proven to boost mental performance!
- Eat Clean
Eating healthy is always better for your body and brain than eating foods saturated with sugar and carbs, but during finals week try to eat clean too! This means try really hard to eat only natural, fresh foods with zero chemicals and preservatives.
Check out a few of Sacramento’s farmers markets the week before to stock up. Your body will feel and run better and you will have a lot more energy than you would otherwise. Also, remember not to skip meals!
Even if you only have time for a little snack it is better for your body than going without food entirely.
- Vary your Study Place and Keep it Organized
Don’t study in the same place every night and be sure that wherever you do study is clean and organized, it will help you stay focused and retain the information better.
- Don’t Over Caffeinate
Putting too much caffeine into your body can increase your anxiety and stress rates. It will end up having the opposite effect than you had initially desired, know your limits!
“But I have a presentation and two papers due tomorrow AND a quiz and a test. PLUS I have work and I have to promote my clubs upcoming event and I have to work on this group project that is due at the end of the week”… I get it, school and work and life can be overbearing sometimes, especially during finals week but sleep is a necessity! As much as you think it makes more sense to pull a few all-nighters and get everything done you really will be better off with at least a few hours of sleep a night. Sleep helps you stay focused and be as productive as possible when you are awake.
- Natural Supplements
Don’t medicate, because any artificial or chemical can cause major side effects which can derail your studies completely. Rather go for an alternative product like the Manna Calmer Adult or Calmer Junior if you want to stay focused and calm before the final exams.
These all-natural formulas can be of tremendous help without any side effects.