Boosting the brain
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 21:04
As we approach final exams, it is important to enter this last part of the semester intellectually well. Here are some helpful tips to up your cranium capacity.
Study smarter, not harder:
• Consider studying for two hours at a time to cash in on your brain’s optimal level of concentration and processing. Break two hours down further and study for 25-minute chunks with a 5-minute break in between.
• Begin reviewing five days before exams and study accordingly.
• If you have to learn and recall information in a way you’re not used to, find techniques that work for you. For more study tips and the chance to receive individualized study skills tutoring, visit the UVM Learning Cooperative at www.uvm.edu/learnco.
• The best learning can happen when you step into the unknown. Intellectual wellness is all about being open to new ideas, learning new skills and making use of creative outlets to exercise your mental prowess.
• Try Sudoku, pick up a Rubik’s cube for some mental exercises or read that book for your class you’ve been meaning to get to. I’ve been hooked on this new game that’s pretty much like Pictionary. It has been a great way for me to challenge myself in visually demonstrating what I know.
Feed your brain:
• In order for you and your brain to be at your best, you have to power up with nutritious food.
• Breakfast is a key meal to setting yourself up for success. Toast with smoked salmon would be a good choice, since fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in cognitive processes. An omelet with broccoli is also a good choice because broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which is good for the nervous system and optimal brain performance.
For more information on how you can keep yourself intellectually healthy, visit www.uvm.edu/health.