I recently had to take a ‘leave of absence’ from my second post-graduate degree at university.
I was completely overwhelmed by the challenge of trying to master the art of research. I had trouble focusing, retaining information and I became forgetful and incredibly overwhelmed.
The last time I remember feeling like this was during my high school exams and my early years of university. Some people become more focused and motivated when they are under pressure. I’m not like that at all. I don’t do well. Thus the leave of absence which lasted three glorious months.
It makes me feel for all those students who are about to sit their exams.
For a lot of students, learning doesn’t come easily. In a world filled with distractions (think social media, Netflix, deadlines…) it can be hard to stay on task. When you factor in study pressure as well, it can compromise their concentration and memory, making it hard to remember what they have just learned.
I’m back to my studies now, but on a part-time basis. I’ve accepted my limitations. However, I’m not happy to just let my brain scramble whenever it wants. I’ve started being more proactive about keeping it in tip top shape. My friend and I have also downloaded a bunch of brain-trainer apps that we play together. But there is so much more we can do.
As parents, it can be hard for us to know how to support them during what will be one of the most stressful times in their lives.
Thankfully, there is so much we can do to help them:
- Reduce stress by not placing too much pressure on them to perform. They are probably doing that to themselves already.
- Try to encourage them to take regular breaks and get plenty of sleep.
- Remove as many distractions as possible while they are studying.
- Encourage them to have a study plan. If they map out what they need to achieve, they know exactly what they need to do and when.
- Organise group studying. When friends support each other it can reduce stress and maximise learning.
- Get fresh air and regular exercise.
- Limit stimulants like coffee and energy drinks.
- Take a cognitive supplement like KeenMind.
We know that diet and health can directly affect how our brains work and our memory function, but not being doctors or health experts, most of us only guess at what we can do to help ourselves.
KeenMind is a natural medicine that assists mental performance, particularly during times of stress. It contains a specific extract of Bacopa monnieri that is clinically proven to support memory, concentration and learning retention.