Finals don’t have to be the bane of your existence. And with these four
scents on your side, your GPA has nowhere to go but up. Take a peek at these
power tools and pack ‘em in your bag, babe. This A’s on us!
Cinnamon improves test scores
study from Wheeling Jesuit University found that sniffing cinnamon can
help you score more points on a test by boosting your attention, memory and
your response and recall speed. It can also calm you down if you’re feeling
anxious before a test. Try adding a sprinkling to your morning oatmeal.
Peppermint helps you concentrate
If your mind is wandering before the test paper hits your desk, try
popping a mint or sniffing a box of Altoids. Peppermint, it turns out, boosts
your brain’s stamina, making it easier for you to ditch distractions. Wheeling
Jesuit University also found that the scent also increased motivation,
reaction time and confidence.
Pine relieves stress
Freaking out? Don’t. Head outside and park it under a pine tree to
study. The scented oil in the tree’s needles is ultra therapeutic, a Japanese
study reports. If you don’t have a pine tree nearby, see if you can
find a pine-scented candle, or raid Mom’s Christmas stash to see if there are
any lingering scents to be, uh, smelled.
Citrus wakes you up
If you stayed up late studying, snacking
on an orange or swiping on a citrus-scented lip balm could wake you up
and help you focus. Not only will the Vitamin C prop up your immune system, but
the citrus-y goodness of it all will keep you from falling asleep mid-exam (or
mid-study sesh). Phew!
What’s your favorite scent? Tell
us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN mind/motivation, boost your grades, ace final exams, smart girl secrets