How sleep & exercise can help you ace your exams (& manage stress)

Exams are stressful, but there are ways that you can manage your workload to make your study more productive and successful.  

Check out this article from DevelopGoodHabits.com that outlines 11 good study habits and how to build a routine.

Habit #10 on that list is getting enough sleep – getting a good sleep will help you retain information better, as well has help consolidate your learning and memory.   In addition, when you sit down to take the exam, being well rested and alert will improve your ability to recall information.

How does exercise fit in?  Making sure you exercise daily will help you to sleep better.  Aim for 30mins a day (in 10min blocks if need be) to maintain health.  Vigorous is best, but even light exercise is better than none at all!

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It’s also important to accept that you cannot study 24/7, so take some time away from the books to rest your mind.   Every hour take 5-10 minutes to get up and move around.  A little bit of movement, fresh air or stretching will do wonders for your focus when you sit back down.

Need some ideas? A quick YouTube search can find you a range of 5-10min workouts to follow.  You can try a 10min beginner yoga practice a 10min HIIT circuit or even shake it out with some Zumba tracks.   Set a few up in a queue and presto, you’ve got a 30min workout you don’t even have to leave the house for!

Good luck – UC RecCentre

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