Six Habits for a Better Semester

Posted: January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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As you begin a new semester, you are probably purchasing supplies, like pens, notebooks, and some very expensive textbooks! While these tools are vital for college success, it is equally important to include some solid study habits. They will provide the structural support you need to do well in college.

Here are six great habits every college student should be working to develop:

1. Stop hitting snooze. Every time you hit snooze, you are interrupting your sleep cycle, which makes you even more tired when you actually DO get out of bed. So, determine the time you really need to get out of bed. Then, when your alarm goes off…. get up!

2. Eat breakfast. After sleeping 7-8 hours or more, your brain needs fuel to process information and learn! Don’t starve it! Make a habit out of having some type of healthy breakfast when you first get up. Grains are a great choice. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from an adequate, steady supply of energy – in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain.

3. Veggies rule! Dark Green vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, spinach, etc.) are a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower

4. Hydrate. The brain is approximately 85 percent water and proper brain function depends on it. In fact, your ability to perform various mental processes is compromised if your fluids are low.

5. Exercise. Studying can be stressful, and exercise is a fantastic way to relieve stress. A Study at the University of British Columbia, found that regular aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.

6. Jot down your thoughts. Take a few minutes every evening to write down any thoughts about the day and create a to-do list for the next day. In the morning, you can start out with a clear mind and greater focus.

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