We recently covered bad habits that are likely affecting your child’s studying this exam season. One of those habits is not getting enough sleep because it can affect your overall performance in exams.
Matriculants might be relieved that mid-year exams have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
According to the Sleep Foundation, nine hours of sleep is the sweet spot for teens and between 7 to 9 hours is ideal for adults. Not sleeping affects you in different ways, including constant exhaustion.
This Monday on Kaya Drive, having just written an exam Sizwe wanted to know if listeners had any exam preparation tips to share.
Listen to the team’s tips here:
This is how a lack of sleep can affect your overall exam performance:
Inability to concentrate
An exhausted mind can’t focus, let alone retain information. This means all the studying will be in vain if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. You could find yourself drifting off during an exam and end up losing time to answer the questions.
If you don’t get in some sleep the night before you can oversleep, meaning little time to eat a balanced breakfast, resulting in you being anxious in the lead up to the day’s exam(s).
Try preparing your breakfast the night before with some of these effortless breakfast fixes for easier mornings.
Make your bedroom a no-study zone
Set a hard and fast rule about your bedroom being a no-study zone. This should be your sanctuary and haven for relaxation and unwinding. If you don’t have a designated study spot, create a space with a desk and comfy chair to hit the books.
Cut out coffee and energy drinks
Caffeinated drinks are the go-to for anyone who’s trying to get more hours into their day than there are. You’re probably no different around exam time. But caffeinated drinks such as coffee and energy drinks are bad for concentration in the long run. Not forgetting the fact that too much caffeine can lead to insomnia.