Remember those all-nighters, last minute cramming sessions and caffeine-induced panic sweats. Yeah, exam season can be a stressful time.
As students, we would have tried any quick-fix that promised better results, and so we're only raging this little trick wasn't making headlines a few years back.
Students, we give you – rosemary.
Holland & Barrett have reported a huge surge in sales of rosemary after a study carried out by Northumbria University revealed that exposure to the herd could boost memory.
According to The Independent, demand has been so high that stores have had to order in extra supplies.
As part of the study, students were put in a room that contained the aroma of rosemary in the form of an essential oil. Researchers the discovered that those student preformed between five and seven per cent better in memory tests.
Researcher, Mark Moss, said, “It could be that aromas affect electrical activity in the brain or that pharmacologically active compounds can be absorbed.”
This isn't the first time a link has been made.
In fact students in ancient Greece used to wear rosemary garlands during their exams.
This is one study we can definitely get on board with!
We've all been there – sitting in the library or at a desk as your eyelids begin to get heavy and you know you are about to nod off.
Thankfully, we now have the perfect answer for your parents if they’re telling you to get out of bed in the middle of the day and to start studying.
A new study has been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences titled “Napping to modulate frustration and impulse control,” which, as the name suggests, found that short naps can help adults control their frustration.
Researchers asked 40 participants to complete a set of really annoying tasks, such as drawing geometric shapes by hand – and really carefully too. After the tasks, some of those partaking took an hour-long nap while others had to stay awake.
When the participants returned to the tasks after the hour, those that had slept were far less irritatable than those who had stayed awake.
The study concluded that the “emotional control may become impaired from wakefulness that builds across the day, and that napping may be an effective countermeasure.”
So, there you have it. Day-time napping will actually improve your frustration levels and therefore your concentration – although we wouldn’t try this tactic with your teachers to get out of class just yet!
As exams are approaching for many people, it is important to try and remain as calm as possible. We know this is easier said than done, but these tips may help. Remember to take care of yourself.
1. Get enough sleep
There is no point trying to learn things at 2am when your brain and body are in shut down mode, get some sleep and start again refreshed.
2. Eat properly
You need the energy to keep you going.
3. Don't compare your abilities with your friends
You all have different ways of absorbing information, so don't let their techniques make you feel bad about your own.
4. Take breaks
Taking the occasional break is important so that you don't become tired and run down.
5. Think positively
Just remember that exams are not the end of the world, so try your best but don't get over stressed. Try to focus on what you currently can do, rather than what you currently can't do.