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June 26, 2014
For years, doctors and researchers have found a correlation between a nutritious diet and increased classroom performance. It’s no secret that what you eat can affect how you feel and how alert you are, which will impact how you learn. Your cognitive functions need nutrients to operate at high levels. So what can you do to improve your exam performance, achieve better exam results and feel healthy overall? You can read this list of five ‘super brain’ foods that will help to enhance your ability to process and retain information.
Blueberries are one of nature’s wonders, a fruit that is sweet, flavourful and great for your health. Researchers have found that blueberries increase a person’s ability to learn, and also enhance motor skills. Doctors recommend that you eat at least one cup of blueberries a day, whether you eat them ‘naked,’ or blend them in a smoothie. And it doesn’t matter if they’re fresh or frozen, the benefits are the same.
Blueberries are well known for their antioxidants, one of the highest amongst all fruit, vegetables, seasonings and spices – there’s even been research and evidence to suggest that blueberries can improve memory and significantly improved both learning capacity and motor skills of older rats, making them mentally equivalent to younger rats.
Nuts are wonderful because they taste good, and there’s a large variety, so if you don’t like peanuts, you can eat almonds, cashews or macadamias. Nuts are loaded with vitamin E, which helps boost your decision-making skills, a valuable part of learning in the classroom. But as they’re high in fat, doctors recommend you only eat about a handful per day, which is enough to get the benefits. Raw nuts are better as they lack salt, but as long as you eat them in moderation, even salted nuts are ok.
Research has shown that a diet with high vitamin E corresponds with less cognitive decline as humans get older, and in the short term nuts and vitamin E can give students a real and healthy energy boost – fantastic for a pre-exam or revision snack.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps fortify the cells against toxins and deterioration, which affects memory and cognitive skills. You can pop cherry tomatoes as a snack, eat lots of pasta sauce or enjoy tomato soup. Whatever way you eat your tomatoes, just know you’re doing a good deed for your body and brain.
There’s no doubt that tomatoes are a nutrient-dense, super brain food that most students should be eating more of. Research has shown that tomato rich diets can lower risk of certain types of cancer, stress, blood pressure and damage to brain cells.
A staple of a nutritious diet, broccoli contains vitamin K, which is linked to the improvement of cognitive skills and the ability of the brain to process information. Eat broccoli as a snack, pan-fry it or boil it. Whichever way you squeeze broccoli into your diet, it’s important to remember that relationships between a nutrient rich diet and brain health are worth exploring. It’s no coincidence that parents teach their children to ‘eat their greens’ as all varieties of green vegetables have a positive effect on brain power, health and development of young people.
Though it may sound counterintuitive, the unsaturated fats in olive oil and fatty fish are actually good for you because they’ve been shown to counter the aging of the brain. And since your brain is what you use most when studying, eating more olive oil can be beneficial to your health. Olive oil is great as a base for pasta sauces and salad dressings, but don’t go overboard. A little goes a long way. The benefits of fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna, has long been established. These fish contain loads of omega-3 fatty acids along with DHA and NPA, which have all been shown to enhance memory and concentration. But you have to eat fatty fish in moderation as the down side is that it also contains high levels of toxic mercury.
April 5, 2016
Exams are fast approaching and both students and parents will realise that time is right for pupils to set up and stick to a strict revision timetable.
For those gearing up for GCSE and A-Level examinations, the approach of the exam season can be daunting. Students may feel overwhelmed with how much they need to learn, and often it is hard to know where to start.
The exam period is a hugely significant time and one that can have a massive impact on a young person’s future. Getting the grades you desire and deserve can change the course of your life. They can ensure you are accepted into your first choice of university or college, or help secure that job you had always dreamt of.
There are plenty of ways to ensure students use this time effectively. Setting up a useful and manageable revision timetable is a start, and organising group study sessions with friends can also be productive. Hiring a private tutor to help with subjects or topics that are presenting more of a challenge, or simply to prepare thoroughly for the exams overall is another useful way of effectively studying and feeling confident and ready come exam time.
Of course, sometimes it is simply difficult to get motivated! With this in mind, we have put together a list of creative, insightful and inspirational TED talks that are fantastic to listen to if you lack a little ‘get up and go.’
These five talks are well worth watching, not only teaching valuable life lessons but also telling us all that when the going gets tough, we simply need to keep on going.
Everyone can achieve their goals if they put their minds to it, and this applies to exam grades too. So next time you are feeling a little lacklustre why not watch one of these fascinating talks to refocus and inspire yourself?
This brilliant talk is perfect if you are feeling a little apathetic. Here Duckworth explains that the research she has conducted confirms it is in fact hard work, passion and determination that are far more significant ingredients for success, more so than natural intelligence, or being able to grasp concepts and ideas quickly.
Conclusively, it doesn’t matter if you are brainy or not, if you are willing to work and persevere, you can do whatever you want to do, achieve whatever you want to achieve and be whoever you want to be.
If you ever want to feel seriously lucky then watching this inspirational and powerful speech by Shukla Bose is the right place to go.
Shukla Bose’s Parikrma Humanity Foundation reaches Indian children who live in some of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country and provides them with the educational opportunities that every child should have.
The seemingly impossible task of meeting the needs of 200 million children does not shake Bose’s determined attitude, refusing to participate in the ‘numbers game.’ Her strategy, one that insists individual attention and care is paid to each and every child, making sure they are educated right through until college, is admirable.
It is often easy to forget that so many children and young people have no access to education at all, and because of this, their prospects are very limited.
So next time you feel a bout of revision-related blues coming on, perhaps watch this video and remember that having an excellent education is something to be very thankful for.
When revising, it is important to take regular breaks. Whether you want to get outside and get some fresh air, grab a snack or simply relax in front of the TV, how you spend your break time is up to you.
However, it might be worth considering looking into taking a little time of out your hectic day to practice Mindfulness. In this short video we learn that our mind is out most ‘valuable and precious resource’and it sometimes deserves a rest!
Truly emptying your mind of the day-to-day stresses and worries, particularly if feeling the pressure in the lead up to exams can help you clear your head, relax, and feel far less distracted when you go back to studying.
Now is a very good time to check in with your child-like self and think about what you hoped for when you were younger.
It is all too easy when growing up to let go of our “childish”thinking. However, Svitak tells us that it is important to dream big, to be positive about our future and never to let go of our dreams.
This talk will help you to put things in perspective, and feel assured that you have a great future ahead of you. Perhaps most importantly, it leaves you certain that you have the potential to realise your creative aspirations and career goals, providing you remain confident, and brave enough to stick to them.
Renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo’s lecture on time is definitely one to watch.
As the exams approach many students may be thinking about time, whether that’s time that has already passed or the future times ahead. His advice helps us to perceive the past, present, and future in a way that can help to put things in perspective, and live healthier and more productive lives.
We can all use a little motivation from time to time, particularly in the run-up to exams.
Staying focused, working hard, and asking for help when you need it be it from your teachers, parents or tutor will give you the best chance to succeed.
These inspirational TED talks are the perfect way to take a step back from your studies, and take ten minutes to feel empowered, excited and ready to take on the world!
December 20, 2013
Tutor House was recently asked to do an interview live on the BBC. Alex was asked a number of questions relating to the latest PISA results and how they’re relevant to our educational standards.
Why is the UK lagging behind other countries around the world? And why is Asia paving the way to academic success?
Is short, Asian countries, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan place huge importance on education, learning and tuition. Students spend hours of additional time, outside of school, being privately tutored. Passing exams and going to university is the most important thing. Teachers and tutors are well respected in Asia, they’re idolised and looked up to. That’s not really the case in the UK. Yes parents require tutors for they’re children, and 1 in 4 children are tutored at some stage in their lives in the UK. However, it’s the time and effort that non-western students spend on their education and studies. In some Asian countries children spend up to 5 hours a day studying, most 16 year olds in the UK, that would be per week.
You can read more here.