With what should be exam season here, many of us would normally be spending our time revising in front of our text books or computers. Studying and memorising are quite stressful brain activities. This is especially true if we haven;t been in an educational setting for a couple of months. While we might feel like we need to use every minute of the day to cram in as much information as possible when we can, science has proven that it’s actually better for our brains if we take short breaks. 20 minutes is the ideal time frame. That’s enough to get a drink of water to re-hydrate or take a quick walk around the block for some fresh air. Getting back into studying however can be a problem.
Here are 5 of our favourite ways to re-energise your brain, ready for your next study session:
1. Months and Days
There’s lots you can do with these! Try arranging them into alphabetical order in your head. Now put them into reverse alphabetical order and say them out loud! This is great for training your brain to not only retain information in one order.
2. Assign Value
Give every letter of the alphabet a number value. A=1, B=2 etc. Subsequently add up the numbers of the letters of your name to get it’s value. Try the name of the subject you are studying, or your teacher’s name. There are so many brain activities you can do with numbers and letters!
3. Find 5 objects
Give yourself a couple of colours and find 5 objects from where you are sat that are those colours. For example, red and green. Looking around you encourages us to take in our surroundings. Next, try to expand on those categories, such as trying to find 5 red objects you could fit in your pencil case. Or find 5 green objects you can balance on your head.
4. Other uses
This is one of our favourite brain activities at WiseUp HQ! Grab a random object around you and find 10 uses for that object that do not include it’s actual use. A shoe for example. It could be used as a boat for mice, or as a fly swatter. Maybe it’s a beautiful object d’art? Or a vestibule to drink from (EW!)
5. Eat with Chopsticks
Our brains need fuel in order to retain all this vital information. Fish, blueberries and nuts all have awesome properties to stimulate our brains. Check out a great list of super foods here. For that added boost, try eating these with chopsticks! Coordinating these not only takes serious brain power, it also gives our hands some different exercise from holding pens or typing on a keyboard. This is another firm favourite amongst the WiseUp team, I wonder why…?
Team Building Activities
These are brilliant for stimulating learners brains in so many ways. Figuring out logical challenges, such as building puzzles, increases our brains production of dopamine. This affects our memory and concentration, alongside improving our mood. Happy learners are more productive learners! People are much more likely to retain information if there is a positive connotation around it. Linked with this is being with others. When working in a team, our brain’s limbic system is stimulated. Therefore, this can have a huge impact on how we learn as this area controls how we feel.
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