Brain Fog? These Brain Foods Will Clear That Right Up!

 

Get that brain working for you!

Having trouble with memorizing things? Does it go all hazy whenever you get to wear your thinking helmet on? Well, it is the silly brain fog taking over the thinking capacity of your otherwise awesomely working brain. You might feel trouble while concentrating and remembering things. It could be due to a number of things, but since we live in an age where we eat pesticides and inhale chemicals, diet plays the most imminent role for effective cognitive functioning. The brain needs nutrient-rich food to function properly. Cutting on bad calories such as sugars and excessive carbohydrates can lead to better and clearer functioning mind.


So when your exams are near and you feel even a slight if brain fog, switch to these amazing foods for a focused and improved mind.

 

Leafy Greens

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It is said, ‘the healthier the diet is, the clearer the mind will be’. Leafy greens are the safest stop for the healthy diet regime. A brain of a person eating greens performs as effectively as a five year’s younger’s brain. So next time when you are in doubt for what to eat? Pick a salad!

 

Avocado

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Avocados help in maintaining a healthy blood flow hence promoting an increased brain function. Avocados also are a rich source of fatty acids which help in protecting the neurons.  

 

Salmon

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We all know salmon is richly packed with omega 3 fatty acids which help in efficient cognitive functioning of the brain.

 

Beans

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An instant source of energy to your brain is carbohydrates. Beans help stabilize blood sugar levels. Research shows that lower levels of folic acid may hinder the learning process of the brain. Beans are also a rich source of vitamin B12 and Folic acid.

 

Eggs

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Choline, a nutrient, specifically found in eggs helps in retaining and improving cognitive functioning. If you have new information to absorb, eggs may play a key role in helping so. The nutrients found in eggs helps in learning and memorizing quickly.

 

Nuts

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Nuts are a great and healthy snack. Nuts high in Omega 3 is a great support to your brain as they affect instantly to boost the nutritional value to charge the mind up. Eating a handful of walnuts can improve your memory. So next time think twice before opening a bag of crisps for munching.  

 

Coffee

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All the coffee drinkers have a fair idea, how difficult it is to produce without having a mug of coffee. Caffeine makes your brain alert and pin targets special areas in the brain that are mainly involved in attention, monitoring and planning.

 

Complex Carbs

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Taking complex carbs in your breakfast can improve your efficiency twice as taking fats. A research was carried out and it was deduced that ‘A high fiber early morning meal taker was twice as alert than a normal breakfast eater’.

 

Dark Chocolate

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As yummy as it sounds, dark chocolate can help greatly with brain fog. A piece of dark chocolate daily can help improve concentration as it releases endorphins. It acts as an antioxidant and stimulates to help focus. According to research people who ate chocolate weekly showed better exam results and performed better in reasoning.  

 

Blueberries

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Blueberries are the king of antioxidant properties amongst all the fruits and vegetables. They are prescribed to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients as they help in improving cognitive thinking and improve memory.

 

Water and a lot of exercises can also help you clear your mind as well. An ample amount of water intake flushes out antioxidants and maintains a healthy body.  So the next time you think the cloud is about to take over, you know exactly what to pick! We would love to hear your feedback on what would you choose for reducing brain fog.

Any tips or suggestion to add? Let us know in the comment section!

How to Live Your Best (Academic) Life for the Rest of the Semester

You’re in the middle of the semester. Government funding and time are running out before quickly before the stress of final exams kicks in. If you haven’t said it out loud yet, you definitely will. You need to get your life together. What better time to start then halfway through the semester? Probably at the beginning of the semester, but everyone eventually starts somewhere! Luckily for you, we will provide you with many tips to help keep you organized in school and in life. This list of school tips and college hacks will be your survival guide until the end of exam season.

1) Create Daily To-Do Lists

Daily to-do lists are both efficient and rewarding. Whether you are using your phone, your laptop or your agenda, you can keep track of the tasks that you are responsible to complete for that day. At the end of the day you will feel accomplished knowing you completed all the tasks on your list!

2) Purchase or Create A Desk Calendar
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Having a calendar that you can see every time you sit at your desk is useful. It helps you organize your week and it also helps you focus on upcoming events and assignments. As many other students, being broke comes as a characteristic of being in university, so don’t feel obligated to buy a desk calendar. Grab some construction paper and create your own calendar!

3) Treat Yo’Self!
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Don’t get too excited. I don’t mean to go spend $500 you do not have. I’m talking about giving yourself a little bit of a break by watching a Netflix episode or taking a nap. If you’ve been working intensely on a project or have been cramming in the library for long hours, you deserve a break. Give yourself time to recuperate so you have energy to continue to work hard.

4) Get Enough Sleep!
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Don’t be that person who brags about pulling all-nighters. You need your rest! It doesn’t matter if you literally nap under your study desk in the library. No one will judge you! Study shows that 83% of students perform better in academics with a full eight hour sleep. Aim high and become a nap queen or king!

5) Save Everything!
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From the syllabus to the random surprise pop quiz you did so poorly on. It doesn’t only have to be school papers, keep receipts and flyers also! Invest in folders for each of your classes and keep everything. You won’t be spending time searching for notes and power-points during final exam season! At the end of the semester you can toss out the things you don’t need but trust me when I say you will be thankful you did this when tax refunds come around!

6) Check Your Emails Daily

University is all about communicating through emails. It is important to organize your emails so that you don’t miss important emails from professors or teacher assistants. Make it a routine to check your email either once in the morning or at night. You’ll be grateful for this when you are one of the very few who are aware about the assignment extension!

7) Stay Motivated
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Stay focused and motivated! There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester so give it your all. Looking for ways to stay motivated? Refer to 6 Motivation Tricks for Midterm Season.

There you have it! These tips will definitely get you on track to getting your life together. If they don’t, at least it now looks like you have your life together to everyone else so fake it ’till you make it?

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

‘Tis the Season

As finals season approaches yet again, we’ve decided to brainstorm our favorite studying tricks to achieve optimal results.  Trying to get some A’s? Follow these 7 tricks and you’re sure to bring that GPA right up.

 

Study with Someone

Working with a study partner is sure to help you process the information you’re trying to memorize. When you explain concepts to a partner, you’re forcing your brain to process the information instead of just regurgitating it.

 

Make Cue Cards

A great way to force yourself to think critically is by making cue cards. This way you not only get a review of the information while making the cards but also get a mini practice exam that will help you memorize your answers.

 

Eat Healthy

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Give your brain and body and extra edge by eating healthy and fueling your body with good foods.

 

Get Sleep

As helpful as cramming can be, a study republished by Huffington Post shows that students who get sleep before an exam typically perform better.

 

Set Goals

A sure way to get all of the lectures and readings needed for review in is by scheduling your time and setting study goals. This will ultimately help you avoid cramming and lead to better performance.

 

Stay Positive

Studying can easily wear you down, but by remaining positive and keeping your goals in mind, you may find that little bit of extra motivation you had previously been lacking.

 

Take Breaks

Another great way to maximize your performance is actually by taking breaks! After an hour of studying, going for a walk and clearing your mind will ultimately help you come back to your work with a clearer mind (needed for memorizing notes and working out hard problems).

12 PRACTICAL TIPS TO SELF IMPROVEMENT

Getting better all the time.

“When you stop chasing perfection, you mind as well be dead” – Ryan Murphy 

 

As midterms approach, many students are quickly realizing it’s time to step their game up for the second half of the semester. Self-improvement, although often desired, can be incredibly hard to achieve. To facilitate the beginning steps of this process, we’ve crafted a list of 12 simple ways to begin the process of self-improvement – no matter the area you’re looking to ameliorate:

 

Organize by priority not urgency.

 

Take care of your body: maintain a solid sleep schedule and try to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

 

Set long-term and short-term specific goals.

 

Be able to walk away from a poisonous situation – and have the power to de-escalate when you\re angry.

 

Think of the bigger picture- and change your mindset if needed (it’s okay to decide you like a paradigm better than the one previously subscribed to).

 

Figure out what makes you happy in life, and act from there.

 

Don’t make excuses for yourself- own up to your mistakes and issues, and ask yourself the important questions corresponding to the mistakes such as figuring out why you decided to act a certain way.

 

Learn to create a monthly, bi-weekly, or yearly budget: creating this habit now will only do positive in the future and aid in feeling like you have control over your life and finances (even when you’re on the student life).

 

Take good care of yourself and your personal hygiene– this will make you feel not only good but also give you a boost of confidence (even if it’s just getting someone to do your eyebrows and sitting through a white strip session).

 

Keep a Ta-da list of things you’ve accomplished- this will motivate you to add more accomplishments, and can even lead to building your portfolio (of any sort).

 

Don’t compare yourself to others– this will only bring out negative emotions such as jealousy.

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Most importantly, stay positive and remember you are in control of you, your thoughts, and your paradigm!

10 EASY WAYS OF BEING AN EFFICIENT STUDENT

D’s get degrees, but A’s are much better.

 

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Not caring about your GPA is all fun and games until we realize it actually determines a lot. With a low GPA sports teams, activities, societies, case competitions, associations, exchange programs, and even some jobs may deem you as ineligible. To help ensure your GPA stays sky-high and that you can enjoy your post-secondary experience to the fullest, we have created a list of 10 easy habits to becoming an effective student:

 

 

Don’t cram

Because forcing your eyelids open isn’t exactly considered studying.

 

Plan out your study time

Like budgeting, planning out your study time tends to lead to higher performance among students, this is because designating specific time for each course will not only allow you to build a routine, but also allow for excess course-review time when you’re actually caught up with your studies.

 

Set Goals

If you set goals in each course or during each study session,  you are sure to pinpoint the important areas of focus and study effectively by setting clear direction instead of spending time on a topic that may or may not be of serious relevance to your course.

 

Start with the Most Difficult Subject

Since motivation is at it’s all-time highest when you actually begin a task, start with your hardest subject first, that way it only gets easier as the session progresses.

 

Initiate Group Work

Group work forms a highly effective study session for a few reasons; first off it’s nice to have someone else there in case you don’t understand a concept, you complete assignments more quickly, and as you reiterate or teach lessons to one another, you’re also internalizing the subject matter which ultimately makes for a better understanding and an easier time remembering certain concepts and information.

 

Organize Yourself

The key to efficiency is organization, and although this may seem like an initially time-consuming, tedious job, after the initial organization having your notes, computer files, assignments, and books organized will aid in maximizing efficiency, having ready access to information, and handing in assignments promptly.

 

Take Great Notes

Instead of shuffling for course notes right before an exam, take great notes in the first place! This will surely make studying and organization easier due to the accessibility of your course notes, but will also aid in accumulating actual course knowledge as you’ll be rewriting concepts now and at the time of studying.

 

Don’t Procrastinate

It’s insanely easy to ignore that above mentioned study schedule, but if you do a little bit of studying daily, you’re sure to remember the course better, have an easier time building and connecting subject matters.

 

Live Healthily

Ok, not to go all elementary school on you, but getting approximately 8 hours of sleep, maintaining a generally healthy diet, and getting some regular exercise, are all immediate factors of  how much brain power, motivation, and stress- relief your body is ready to output, all seriously important components to maximizing efficiency as a student.

 

Read your Course Outline

I can’t stress this enough!! Not reading your course outline can be detrimental to your grade. Not only are all your important due dates and corresponding grade percentages included, but profs tend to include very important information on these sheets that they may not bother telling you in class, even if you make it to the intro lecture. An example of this may be the amount of classes you can miss without failing or whether or not neglecting to hand just 1 assignment can lead to automatic fail (this is actually a thing!).