Eat right, write exams well, says CBSE

Examination is not just about burning the midnight oil, but also about what you eat during the stressful times and how you study.

In a first, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come out with a full-fledged document aimed at de-stressing lakhs of students who will appear for examinations in a few weeks from now. Till now, the board hired counsellors to speak to students before and after the examinations.

Titled `Smile your way through the examination', the document even lists the right food rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals that children must eat while studying. Though the board has dwelt on eating right, it has also told students how to study for languages, comprehension etc: the key is not to simply mug up the syllabus but understand the concepts.
No to coffee, tea: Avoiding drinking tea and coffee as it could lessen the process of grasping. Go for health drink fortified with micronutrients and vitamins. Skipping breakfast is a no-no. Replace French fries with an apple and drink plenty of water.

No memory pills: The circular highlights the ill-effects of improving memory through use of certain drugs and medicines. "Some pharmaceutical companies are marketing preparations that make such claims. Lack of certain nutrients in the food does affect one's receptivity of knowledge. A certain amount of tension builds up during the learning process. This tension can be controlled through a positive attitude and the use of mind medications that help users physically and psychologically," it states.

Exercise and have fun: Another mantra for good health. Regular exercise makes various organs of the body stronger. Exercise could be walking or cycling. Taking break after long hours of studying is advised. Otherwise the stress levels may go up and concentration levels can come down. Taking short breaks helps the mind to refocus. However, the break should not be long.
Develop adequate sleep routine as sleep-deprived children tend not to do well at school.

Catching up sleep on weekends to make up for the other days will not help. Teenagers need at least 8.5 - 9.5 hours of sleep while school children need between 10 and 11 hours of sleep in the night.

iCBSE India