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4 Basic Test-Taking Tips June 14 2014, 0 Comments


A simple school exam has the uncanny ability to either destroy or boost one’s self-confidence. There is nothing quite like the feeling of acing a test, yet there exists nothing so painful and harsh as finding out your failing score for the biggest test you have ever studied for. However, there is hope for those who never seem to achieve that satisfying score. Most often the biggest factor affecting test scores involves poor test preparation. For this reason the best test-taking tips generally involve what to do before and during the test. We have described below the best test-taking tips that will guarantee a desirable score on your next test.

1. Prepare Mentally Now or Forever Hold Your Terrible Score

Test Bubble Sheet The best tool a teacher can give students is the actual date of future exams. The more time you have to prepare the better off you are. Most often test dates are immediately erased from memory to avoid any extra stress on an already stressful schedule. Avoiding any test preparation until the week before the exam is extremely ineffective and will only worsen your score. Testing anxiety can be your biggest obstacle and can severely affect your memory. Mental preparation and acceptance of future tests is the key to decreasing stress before an exam. Think positively about your future tests and you will feel an increase in confidence that will help you retain the needed material for the test.

2. Daily Review - 5 Min A Day Keeps The Failing Grades Away

Flash Cards for Studying Early test preparation can often seem very intimidating as it may appear that leisure time will be sacrificed for study time. However, it is often misunderstood that a little effort each day will go a long way. College students spend an average per day of 1 hour and 45 minutes on Facebook alone. Sacrificing 5 minutes of social media for class material to review and memorize the important concepts of the day will solidify the information in your mind. Or if social media is “needed”, try sacrificing 5 minutes of app time a day to exchange your Flappy Bird high score for a classroom high score on your next test. Review time can even be taken between classes before your next class begins or as a quick review before you go to bed. Scheduling your review time is the key to actually fulfilling it.

3. Test-taking Stress - Don’t Worry, Be Happy

A on a Test If you have committed yourself to completing the first two preparation tips previously mentioned, exam day should be a breeze. However, feeling a little stress on exam day can be completely normal. The key to passing the test is never allowing your anxiety to get the best of you during the test. If you feel your mind is racing, don’t force yourself to continue answering questions as most likely they will be marked wrong. Don’t hesitate to take a 30-60 second break and take a deep breath, forgetting all your surroundings. Calm your mind then get back to the grind. As a general tip for managing test anxiety, try taking a deep breath every 7 questions to calm yourself and relax your mind. If you don’t know the answer to a question don’t let that affect your composition for the rest of the test; try to relax and come back to the question later.  

4. You Finished the Test! Not Quite….

Taking a Test It can be a rewarding feeling as you fill in the last answer on your test. Turning in your test and fleeing the scene is usually the next course of action for a student. However, carefully reviewing and pondering each question on your test again is a tried-and-true strategy. Quite often your brain actually has answers to questions, but due to stress and other factors cannot remember them at that specific moment. Completed questions can often trigger memories of previous questions revealing unknown answers. Taking the time to carefully review each question again can be taxing, but often very rewarding. Mistakes can be corrected and a significant amount of points can be made up. Students who give extra effort to earn a higher score generally are the ones who receive the most satisfying grades.

These are a few of the many test-taking strategies that exist; however, these 4 basic tips are generally noted as being the most effective. Relaxing the mind and increasing focus is a key factor in affecting test scores. That’s why Cerebral Success created the SmartX Supplement to help further aid your quest for the perfect score. Check out what people are saying about Cerebral Success and never forget that a little effort and concentration can be a world of difference on your next test.


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How Social Media Affects The Brain June 02 2014, 0 Comments


Technology has never been more prevalent than it is today. Social Media alone has enabled the world to become connected to one another. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter provide a way for us to become connected with long distance family members, old friends, strangers, even celebrities. It is nearly impossible to not be reached by someone anywhere in the world. For example, how many times have you seen someone post that their phone is broken and to message them online if they need to be reached? Or how about stories of people suffering from cancer or some other life-threatening disease who reach out to celebrities via Twitter. It brings a smile to your face when you read of a celebrity who responds and goes out of their way to support a fan who is suffering. These are just a couple of the many positive uses for social media. However, there are some growing problems that are associated with too much time spent online.

 

There have been recent neurological studies performed on what happens to the brain while engaged with social media activity. Generally speaking, the brain would react positively whenever the user experienced receiving a “like,” “shoutout,” or “mention.” This is understandable. There are few people who do not enjoy or appreciate genuine displays of approval or acclaim, even if it is something as simple as “liking” a picture. When does this become dangerous? Well, when we decide to actively spend more time on social media in search for recognition or when we replace online interaction with physical interaction. Addiction is typically associated with drugs, alcohol, or pornography. But there are other forms of addiction, and an addiction to social media (or online activity in general) is a very real thing. Sure, an addiction to Facebook isn’t likely to kill you as opposed to an addiction to heroin, but it can lead to other unhealthy habits and behaviors.


Some people have even gone on “diets” from social media. Most have found the experience rewarding. For example, more time is dedicated to personal interaction with friends and family. Parents find themselves becoming more engaging with their children as opposed to every person in the household disconnecting from each other and connecting to their phone or tablet. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to use moderation in all things. There are many great benefits from technology and social media, but it is important to create actual social behaviors with real people. Those are the relationships that will build your character and have a lasting impact. It is safe to assume that most, if not all, “likes” will be forgotten by the following week, let alone ten years from now.

 

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How To Improve Memory March 26 2014, 0 Comments


We all experience it: the inability to recall specific information or memories. Often times, memory loss carries the connotation that it is something that only senior citizens experience. While mental health is known to decrease as we get older, there is plenty of truth behind the fact that we all experience memory loss, regardless of age. Memory loss can occur at the most inopportune moments: on the morning of a major exam, during a business presentation, or simply just trying to recall a funny story.

Our brain is equivalent to one giant library. Countless amounts of data, information, dates, numbers, names, addresses, stories, facts, schedules, appointments, events, and so much more are constantly being filed and catalogued within our brain. As is the case with any library, the library in our brain needs an amazing librarian, which scientists refer to as the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a major player within the brains of humans and other mammals. One of its primary functions is to filter our thoughts and information into either short-term or long-term memory. The hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to be attacked when an individual suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, thus the individual suffers from substantial memory loss. Even still, the hippocampus is not the only part responsible for memory storage. Different types of memories are stored in different parts of the brain; it’s an incredibly complex system. Consequently, we must take care of our bodies, which includes taking care of our brains. The following is a list of ways you can take care of your brain, and also improve your brain’s ability to perform more efficiently when it comes to memory recall:

1. Avoid Heavy Alcohol Consumption

Though there is scientific research to support the negative effects alcohol has on the brain, it doesn’t take a scientist to see or experience these negative effects. Just one night of heavy drinking can leave you waking up the next morning in a stupor of thought without the ability to remember the events of the previous night. If only one night of heavy drinking can erase portions of your short-term memory, it is not difficult to accept the fact that alcohol abuse can lead to the destruction of numerous brain cells, many of which directly affect memory loss.

2. Exercise

Have you ever had a strong workout or physical activity that left you tired, yet reinvigorated? Exercise has many positive effects on the body, but it also greatly improves the mind. A lack of exercise can lead to a number of health problems that can decrease the brain’s ability to perform admirably. Even just a walk around the block can liberate the mind, especially if you’re taking a break from an intense study session. The brain needs a strong blood flow in order to stay healthy, so the key is to get up and move around to keep that blood flowing.

3. Word Association

Many people have learned this trick, and sometimes get criticized for it. This method is particularly effective when studying for an exam, but it can be used for daily activities as well. If you see a word, then you immediately find something else to associate with that word. This process makes it far easier to remember the word when you already have a distinct image or other association attached to it.

4. Pay Attention

This is a simple solution, but one that often is not utilized as it should be. Have you ever temporarily placed your keys somewhere in your house only to forget where you put them just minutes later? The diagnosis is simple, you weren’t paying attention. Even writing one-word reminder notes can be useless if you did not attempt to commit the task to memory in the first place by focusing. Listen, focus, and pay attention. Whether in school, at work, or simply listening to your significant other’s story...pay attention. Your memory will be better off.

5. Avoid Stress

Stress is a killer in many ways. It can lead to a number of health issues, including depression. One of the main symptoms of depression is a lack of concentration. When you suffer from depression, you may feel like you have become absent minded when the truth is that you may not be concentrating enough to even retain any new information. Depression also affects the types of memories you can store. Typically, a depressed person will only retain negative memories and discard positive ones. Getting the proper treatment for depression will not only help you be the happy person you deserve to be, but it will also help increase your brain’s ability to concentrate more and not filter out all the good memories.

Some of these ideas seem too simple, but that’s the point. It’s easy to disregard this list as juvenile, but the real challenge is making a habit of these suggestions. Applying these methods, combined with the proper vitamins and amino acids provided by the brain supplements from Cerebral Success, will greatly increase your brain’s ability to perform at an increased level which will help retain more memories.


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A Healthy Alternative to Adderall March 10 2014, 0 Comments


According to Dr. Carver Nebbe, a family medicine doctor at Thielen Student Health Center in Iowa, the number of students looking to score an Adderall prescription is on the rise. “There has been a huge increase in demand for evaluations for ADHD over the last several years.” It would be a problem if the number of students living with ADHD was following such a steep trajectory upwards. It’s even more of a problem when you realize that most of these students are going to misuse their prescription. According to Dr. Nebbe, “statistics say that 30 to 40 percent of those who have [an Adderall prescription] misuse it or divert the medication at some time. Nebbe’s beliefs are backed up by the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health - the study found that 11.4 percent of young people ages 12 to 25 used prescription drugs non-medically within the past year. For college students between the ages of 18 and 22, Adderall abuse was double that of the comparable age group not enrolled in college.

This is a frightening prospect, but it’s likely more serious than first glance suggests. Due to its “extremely high risk of addiction and overdose,” The US Department of Justice has labeled Adderall as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. This means illegal possession (re: without a prescription) will lead to the same criminal charges as the possession of opiates, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, and other amphetamines, because Adderall is literally made of amphetamine salts. Once ingested, the pills release dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline, in order to create a euphoric, focused effect. The effects are immediate and profound, but potentially disastrous. The pill increases focus and drive but, in many cases, it also increases dependency and reliance.

Adderall has also been shown to be a gateway drug for its impressionable demographic. Ninety percent of those using Adderall non-medically were reported binge drinkers while more than fifty percent are considered heavy drinkers. Additionally, this group is three times more likely to have abused marijuana and five times more likely to have abused painkillers.

And what’s the benefit? Not only are there harmful side effects for your cardiovascular and nervous systems, but an article in Time Magazine suggests that the perceived benefits are actually a lie. Casey Schwartz reported the initial findings for The Daily Beast. “In a recent study at Dr. Martha Farah’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers have added a new layer to the ‘smart pill’ coneration. Adderall, they’ve found, makes you think you’re doing better than you actually are.”

The research team tested 47 subjects, all in their twenties, all without a diagnosis of ADHD, on a variety of cognitive functions, from working memory — how much information they could keep in mind and manipulate — to raw intelligence, to memories for specific events and faces. Each subject was tested both while on Adderall and on a placebo; in each condition, the subjects didn’t know which kind of pill they were receiving.
The researchers did come up with one significant finding. The last question they asked their subjects was: “How and how much did the pill influence your performance on today’s tests?” Those subjects who had been given Adderall were significantly more likely to report that the pill had caused them to do a better job on the tasks they’d been given, even though their performance did not show an improvement over that of those who had taken the placebo. (The Daily Beast)

Thankfully, turning your back on Adderall and other “smart drugs” doesn’t mean you have to abandon your cognitive boost. All of the hassle and danger that comes with adderall can be avoided with the all natural Cerebral Success formula*. The only similarity is the success you’ll continue to enjoy.

Instead of flooding your system with short lived, addictive levels of dopamine and serotonin, Cerebral Success focuses on establishing long term improvement for your brain. Our formula strengthens brain cell walls, increases blood flow, oxygenation, and protein synthesis within the brain. Ultimately, we make sure that your brain is taken care of, that it’s firing on all cylinders. This isn’t a harmful amphetamine, it’s a key step in transforming your brain into a force to be reckoned with. You won’t be reduced to a jittery, nervous mess. You’ll enjoy increased focus and concentration, enhanced memory and recall, and an increased feeling of happiness and well being. What’s better than that?

*Cerebral Success not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not substitute prescribed medication for Cerebral Success. Cerebral Success is only intended as an alternative to those taking Adderall (and other prescription medication) WITHOUT a prescription. Consult a physician before use.


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