As any college student will tell you finals season is quickly approaching. As the ink fly’s and the bluebook pages turn, today’s students are getting wise to optimal study conditions and healthy study habits. Getting the academic edge means different things for different students but scientist are frequently making advances in our understanding of applied neuroscience and how students learn. Here are 5 ways you can get that brain of yours in-tune and humming for any impending academic decathlons you may face.
Understanding the Brain
When we learn we are actually changing the physical structure of our brains. Such structural changes control how the brain organizes information. There are 2 ways in which the brain changes known as neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. During neuroplasticity new synaptic connections are created while aging underproductive synaptic connections are selectively lost. During neurogenesis, new neurons are produced. Recently, neuroscientist have begun to study the times and conditions that create optimal structural brain changes.
A Well Rested Brain
You have probably already been informed of the many benefits of a good night sleep. Any student can attest to the differences between trying to study while rested versus studying in a delirious cram session. This is because the brain is actually hard at work when we sleep and is performing different tasks depending on the stage of sleep we are in. Moreover, sleep deprivation can cause neurons to become over-worked and unable to organize and coordinate information properly. This means that being well rested for exams is only half the battle. Being well-rested during your study time can have a huge impact on how you store and later recall information.
Finding the Stress Sweet Spot
It turns out that the brain’s neuroplasticity is at its highest when under a moderate amount of stress. Finding this moderate level of stress can be tricky as a low degree of stress can create an atmosphere for procrastination while a high-degree of stress can switch the brain into fight or flight mode makes it difficult for the cortical areas of the brain, the area associated with higher learning, to operate. Finding your stress sweet spot is an individualized process and should be done intuitively. Take note of your stress levels when you are most productive and aim to reproduce that environment.
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Taking Time to Recharge
On the quick fix end of the study spectrum, consider taking short periods of rest when studying material to potentially boost your short- and long-term memory. Try it. Next time you are in the middle of an intense study sesh, take 10 or 15 minutes, dim your lights, kick up your feet and enjoy some quiet reflection time. You should find that your memory of the subject you were studying becomes noticeably better.
Pioneers of Neuroscience
Student’s ready to unlock the benefits that neuroscience are working with companies like Neurocore that are at the forefront of applied neurotherapy. Using neurofeedback, Neurocore is helping student achieve new levels of focus and attentiveness. To learn more about Neurocore’s Memory Boot Camp, check out the Neurocore website at https://www.neurocorecenters.com/memorybootcamp