Fill ‘Er Up

Posted: April 28, 2012 by jerkmagblog in VAULT -- archives

With finals week coming up, I’m willing to bet that many of you certainly aren’t refusing any test-taking strategies and tips. We all know that staying up to date on material and taking the appropriate time to study always helps, but what about helpful tips for during the test? Well, according to a recent study, all you really need to bring to a test is yourself, your pencil, and… your water bottle?

According to a recent study done by the University of East London and the University of Westminster, bringing water to drink during exams may help students improve their grades on said exams.

The study followed 447 undergraduate college students and simply monitored the whether or not they took drinks into the exam room with them, as well as the types of drinks. After comparing the exam results to their drink roster, the researchers concluded that the students who did better on the exams were also the ones who took water bottles in with them. Coincidence? Possibly – but when it comes to doing well on exams, I’m willing to try anything.

Although the researchers didn’t necessarily monitor each student to make sure they drank the beverage they brought into the exam with them – reasons for better exam performance range from the comfort of just having a water bottle there to increased hydration being better for retaining and transmitting knowledge.

Interestingly enough, of the students studied, very few first year undergraduate students were unlikely to take a water bottle into a testing situation – probably because of unfamiliarity with their new school’s testing policies.

Overall, this recent study doesn’t guarantee that you’ll ace that bio midterm if you fill up your handy-dandy water bottle beforehand, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt the situation. So, for your next test, come prepared with some H20.

—Amber Brenza

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