Test taking is more complex than simply knowing and applying learned material and concepts. As semester finals approach, Professor of physical education and wellness program coordinator Linda Muysson shares the following tips, regarding testing and the human body.

  • Exercise

Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, fueling our brain cells and increasing the brain’s neurotransmitter functioning. This causes the brain to work much more efficiently. Even a simple 20-minute walk can do the trick.

  • Stress Reduction.

Approximately 32 percent of college students suffer from stress that can affect academic performance and test taking. Learning how to stretch and breathe rhythmically can help an individual to relax before and during an exam. Posture and clothing can also play a part in reducing stress. Sitting properly will free the diaphragm and allow for easier breathing. Loose comfortable clothing is recommended to help students relax during an exam.

  • Consumption of light nutritious meals.

Fatty or heavy foods can aggravate the stomach or intestinal track. Students should stay away from these before an exam. Fatty foods can cause sluggish behavior that is not conducive to studying or test taking.

  • Get enough rest.

Most people need 6-8 hours of sleep a night. The body functions much more efficiently when it is well rested. Rest can help boost the immune system and allow the individual to feel better overall.

  • Limit the use of tobacco.

Nicotine is a drug found in tobacco products that can cause constriction of blood vessels and blood flow to the brain. Nicotine has been shown to impair memory and other cognitive functions.

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