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Watch our video for some top tips from Dr Christy Fergusson on how to make sure your children are in the zone when it comes to studying  

As revision and exam season approaches, millions of youngsters around the country will be locked in their rooms cramming into the small hours.

Research has shown that shorter 20-30 minute spells work best because a person’s concentration levels are higher; this coupled with exercise – even just a short jog – and  making sure your kids find the right balance between study and leisure can all help in achieving top marks. 

But what else should students take into consideration when it comes to effective revision?  

Recent research from malt loaf makers Soreen has shown that being hungry can affect a person’s ability to make decisions and concentrate. Clinical trials carried out as part of the study showed that hungry participants were twice as likely to make the wrong decision compared to participants who had eaten.

The research also found that hunger pangs can significantly increase feelings of irritation and anger, which can adversely affect concentration. This shows just how important it is to ensure that your kids are fuelled during this time. 

Regular snacks consisting of a slow release carbohydrate will keep glucose levels in the brain from plummeting, which impacts negatively on concentration. By combining the snack with some good quality protein you can slow the release of the carbohydrate and ensure the brain is working as efficiently as it can.

So watch the following video where Dr Christy Fergusson gives her top tips on how to ensure your kids work as effectively as possible.

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