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Exams and the Brain

posted Jan 17, 2018, 4:41 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katie Dano, Staff Writer

Posted January 17th, 2018

As exams are approaching, people tend to stress about them. This also may cause lack of sleep, headaches, spacing out etc. However, the stress can be a good thing. According to Yerkes-Dodson law, increased stress level will increase your performance level, but to a certain point. With too much stress, your cognitive effort gets disarranged. It also is important not to cram and spread your studying out ensuring your brain completely recalls information in context. It also is proven studying will be more effective in the same environment you learned the information in. So by getting help after school can ease some of your worry for exams. The most important thing about exams is making sure you get sleep. As we sleep, the brain processes information learned that day and repairs any damages. Getting the right amount of sleep is the best study effort. So in conclusion, sleep a lot, stress a little, and good luck in exams.

Citation: β€œThe Psychology of Exams: What Happens to Your Brain.” University of Wollongong's The Stand, 25 Sept. 2017,