Being a student comes with big responsibilities and being able to concentrate while studying for a big exam is vital. Here are 10 brain-healthy foods that will boost concentration and memory. 1. Avocados The healthy fats found in avocados boost brain function by helping promote better blood flow. Blood flow to all your organs is essential for them to function at their best. Avocados are also high in fiber which means it will help slow down your digestion and keep away hunger pangs that could distract you. 2. Coconut oil Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and can work to suppress cells responsible for inflammation in your brains. This will help boost your memory and prevent memory loss as you age. 3. Leafy green vegetables Popeye wasn’t just chowing down spinach to boost his strength. Turns out, he was boosting his brain power too. Spinach and most other leafy green…

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We all have to deal with stress at certain times in our lives, and at some times it can be worse than others. Studying can be very stressful for a lot of people, and this stress can be even worse if studying abroad. Not only are we more likely to get stressed out when studying abroad, but it can be harder to deal with too, with family and friends a long way away and potentially even in very different time zones. But don’t despair, because there are ways of coping with stress before it all becomes too overwhelming. Organised means less stressed The best thing that you can do to keep stress at a manageable level is to be organized and plan everything in advance. If you know what you have coming up in the week ahead then you’re less likely to get behind, or suddenly remember something you’d forgotten at…

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Get Organized. Making a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the curve – literally. Don’t multitask. Studies have shown that multitasking is physically impossible. Divide it up. Studying isn’t fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself when you finish each chunk will make studying (more) fun. Sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of those eight hours of zzz’s every night! Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory. Set a schedule. Do you work better right after school or after you’ve eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute blocks or half-hour spurts? Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it. Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but…

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There are hundreds of reasons why you should study abroad. Kaplan thought that writing each one would be too hard. We decided to list the top ten reasons instead. 1. Making Friends Studying abroad might seem scary but it is a great opportunity to make new friends. You will meet people from different countries who are doing the same thing. Sharing your experience with them will create friendships that can last forever. 2. Gaining Confidence Traveling to a different country to study takes courage. You will do things that you have never done before. Succeeding at new challenges will give you extra confidence and turn you into a stronger person. 3. Becoming Independent Some people might not be used to do things for themselves. Studying abroad makes you learn to look after yourself without the help of family. Gaining greater independence will help you to achieve more in life. 4. Food Why study abroad? For…

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As the summer holidays draw to a close, you might be excited about a new year or dreading the early wake-ups. Either way, it’s a good idea to start your preparations early. While you may be tempted to ‘stick your head in the sand’ and try to forget about the fast-approaching first week back, there are a few simple things you can do to ease yourself back into your studies and prepare for the year ahead. Set some goals Before you begin the new semester, you should set some goals to work towards over the course of the year. Try to set goals that you can realistically achieve and consider what you can improve on from the previous year. You might want to achieve a certain grade, get better at completing work on time, organise work experience or make more of an effort to make new friends. Complete administrative tasks While most…

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