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Healthy Habits That Can Improve Test Performance
Jul 14, 2020
There are many things you can do in preparation for test day to improve your test performance. Healthy habits can make a world of difference—it has been proven that eating a healthy breakfast, getting good sleep, and staying hydrated can improve your test scores.
Eating breakfast can improve test performance. Children who eat breakfast show improved concentration, better test scores, and increased energy, as well as an easier time meeting their nutrient needs.
Before an important test, it is best to eat foods that will boost brain activity and mental alertness, such as protein-rich foods like eggs, nuts, yogurt, and cottage cheese. This could mean a breakfast of whole-grain cereal and low-fat milk, eggs and toast with jam, or oatmeal. Other great “brain foods” include blueberries, fish, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, figs, and fried fruits.
Avoid foods that will slow down your brain, such as foods made with white flour—like cake, cookies, and muffins. You also want to stay away from foods that are high in refined sugar, like chocolate, candy, and other desserts.
Get More Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest before a test can improve your performance and memory. The night before a test, avoid staying up late to study; it is far more important to get in a full night’s sleep. Take it easy; get your clothes and supplies ready for the next day, then wind down with a shower and maybe a book or some meditation. Then, go to sleep early.
Some outside factors could be keeping you from your best quality sleep, such as an old mattress. Sleeping on an old mattress can result in health issues that may impact your test-taking skills. If your mattress is showing signs of age or wear, consider investing in a new one. You’ll sleep better and thus do better in school.
Make sure you are drinking enough water before and during your exam—and not just when you feel thirsty. Becoming dehydrated can have disastrous effects on your testing abilities—you’ll lose your concentration, feel faint, and lose energy.
Personal hydration is a habit which you should establish and become comfortable with before the day of the test arrives. Drinking water throughout the day, every day, is a healthy habit that will boost your ability to test well and keep your body in good condition.
Once you’ve done your best to study and prepare to face the material on the test, there are a few more things you can do to prepare yourself to take your test. Incorporating these three healthy habits into your life can lead to higher tests scores and greater confidence in your academic ability.
If you or your child are struggling with math, stop by Mathansium of Palm Harbor to get some help! We provide quality tutoring to help you achieve your academic goals.
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