By Melissa Burns
The brain is the central unit of the body and it is using almost a quarter of total body energy for its work. It is a pretty sensible mechanism which needs a lot of care to function properly. Its entire work consists of five essential cognitive operations: memory, concentration, speech, visual and spatial skills, and executive ability. Each one of them can be trained although there is a strong connection between all of them.
Here are some methods and tips for students to make their brains work better:
- Stimulating the brain
Given the functional diversity of the brain, it is mandatory to stimulate it in various ways. To train the part which is in charge of the speech and memory, try to read many different literature and books. You can even read the less interesting things. Another suitable game is solving the crosswords, as well as listening and memorizing the texts of unknown songs. One of the easiest tricks for improving the concentration is changing the usual routes of walking. It will offer the new information to your nervous system and force it to work. Playing some video games can also increase the level of concentration.
- Using the opposite hand
Have you ever tried to use the computer mouse or play the table tennis with the opposite hand which is not dominant? You are aware that it might be hard in the beginning, but it is because you have transferred all the requirements and jobs to the one hand. Doing so, you are putting your brain under pressure. If you make an effort and use your weaker hand, your thinker will be grateful to you because you just wake up the neglected part of your central nervous system. Although it is hard in the beginning, you will see the progress very soon.
- Getting rid of stress
Maybe you remember the lucky days from your childhood when you were just playing games and been free of any worries. It was the time when you were truly happy and living your life without a stress. Well, those days are gone, and now we have a fast rhythm and a constant communicational availability which is affecting our health. Therefore, it is very important to rest your brain regularly with the quality sleep. Performing the activities that will relax your nervous system such as meditation, yoga, listening to music, etc., can also help refresh your central nervous system.
- Taking care of diet
Various supplements in a diet are recently becoming the target for experts. The vast majority of advertised products do not have any impact on brain functions, so the doctors claim that we are just wasting our money. Therefore, it would be much better to focus on the quality and balanced diet which is proven to be useful. It is primarily the food which is full of Omega-3 fatty acids. In the first place, we are talking about fish, salmon, and similar products. Some recent studies showed that the coffee consumption could also boost the brain functionality.
- Learning a foreign language
Learning the foreign languages is one of the most efficient ways to stimulate and improve the mental condition and make you a better student. Entering the unknown field is like walking through the deep snow. It is indeed hard, but at the same time, it is forcing you to move the limits. Solving the mathematical tasks has the similar effect. While learning a foreign language will have a positive influence on your vocabulary, mathematical tasks will improve your logical thinking. Lastly, you can not go wrong whatever you choose.
In addition to all of these activities and tips, it is necessary to highlight the importance of regular and healthy meals as it is the first condition to maintain an outstanding brain productivity. The combination of the quality food and the mentioned activities will help young people to keep their thinkers in good shape. Regarding the fact that students need to learn a lot of stuff, particularly during the exams, they will have to continuously practice the mental exercises and habits to keep their brains in the top form.
Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University in 2008. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Her sphere of interests includes startups, information technologies and how these ones may be implemented.