Eating for exam success
Discover what you should eat - and what you should avoid - to help you perform your best during revision and exams.
What to eat during exams
Dr Adam Collins from the Department of Nutritional Sciences shares his top healthy eating tips to help you stay on top of your game during exam season.
1. Eat proper meals
Meals with slow release carbohydrates will help fuel your revision. If you study during the day, make sure you have a good breakfast and lunch. If you’re a night owl, make sure you have a good lunch and dinner.
2. Keep hydrated
Drink plenty of fluid. Go for plain water mainly, with the occasional diluted fruit juice or squash.
3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Use fruit and veg as a healthy snack instead of crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks.
4. Watch your coffee intake
Caffeine acts as a stimulant and may aid concentration in small doses (the equivalent of one to two cups) but overdoing the caffeine will dehydrate you, can cause palpitations and may disturb your sleep.
5. Try to avoid energy drinks
High-sugar, high-caffeine drinks may appear to give you an instant buzz but are a poor substitute for proper food and fluid.
6. Avoid too many ‘treats’
Don’t overindulge on fatty foods, sugary snacks (crisps and chocolate) or fizzy drinks.
7. Don’t overdo the alcohol
You might feel more relaxed, but alcoholic drinks dehydrate you, disturb your sleep and can wreck your concentration the next day.
Revision and exam tips
Check out our advice on how to study better and how to sleep better, and read our tips on exercising for exam success.
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