Brain Foods to Help You Study for Your Exams

Brain Foods to Help You Study for Your Exams

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Sustaining a healthy diet during exam periods is critical in order to ensure students have optimal brain functioning. This includes eating well-balanced, regulated meals, however there are also a range of specific foods that are particularly good to help students with their study due to the nutritional composition and characteristics they possess.

Fruit and Vegetables

For students in need of a snack with a natural sugar boost to increase their motivation and extend their time spent study, fruits and vegetables are the best source to go to. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are particularly good for this, such as blueberries and grapes. Antioxidants improve the communication between brain cells as it increases the brain’s capacity to form new connections, in turn improving memory and learning.

Salmon

Salmon and other oily fish are great sources of omega-3 and protein, which is important to allow for optimal brain functioning. This is because consuming omega-3 results in increased blood flow around the brain, in turn leading to improved thinking ability and cognitive skills.

Eggs

Eating eggs for breakfast is a great way for students to get an energy boost when starting their day. Eggs contain several important vitamins and nutrients and are particularly high in protein. As well as this, they contain less than 100 calories, hence they are a healthy option for students, providing them with the extra energy they need to study.

Avocados

Avocados are a source of monosaturated fats. The consumption of these fats has been linked to the reduction of high blood pressure, a condition commonly associated with cognitive decline. Hence, eating avocados is a great way to lower a student’s risk of declining cognitive health in the future as they further their studies.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a great snack for students to treat themselves with and has the added health benefit of being high in antioxidants. This is highly beneficial to students as the brain is susceptible to oxidative stress which leads to cognitive decline and these antioxidants help to prevent this, which is crucial for improving a student’s ability to learn.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a great brain food that is packed with probiotics, the bacteria that help to maintain a healthy and happy gut! These probiotics also health with managing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as boosting the brain’s capacity to learn. In addition to this, yoghurt is a great medium to add other brain-foods in, such as fruit and nuts.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the main ingredients included in the Mediterranean diet, a diet associated with a range of health benefits for overall well-being, such as lowering the risk of dementia onset. Research has also shown that olive oil is specifically associated with protecting the brain against cognitive decline, therefore it is a great option for students to use when cooking meals or adding to salads.

Coffee

Coffee has a range of benefits for studying students when consumed in moderation. Coffee can increase alertness and concentration, as the caffeine within coffee blocks the chemical adenosine, which is responsible for making people sleepy. Coffee can also improve a student’s mood when studying as it is linked with the release of “feel-good” chemicals in the body such as serotonin.

Green Tea

Green tea is another great beverage to help students with their studies, as it is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols; chemical compounds which protect the brain from decline whilst improving focus, alertness and memory. Green tea is also a great for reducing anxiety, which can help students relax and overcome the stress of exams.

Nuts

Nuts are also great for students to snack on, especially due to their anti-inflammatory effects which can reduce mental decline. Nuts are also full of health fats, fibre, proteins and nutrients which are not only great for overall health, but also boosting cognitive functioning.

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Techniques for Analysing a Visual Text

Techniques for Analysing a Visual Text

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


The first section of the HSC English paper one requires students to analyse and answer questions on a range of texts, including poems, book extracts and visual texts. A visual text simply refers to some type of image, which can take the form of book covers, paintings, posters, movie frames, photographs and more. Typically, every English examination paper will contain at least one of these visual texts, and there are a range of specific techniques to analyse them, so this article aims to help to break down a few of these so students can carefully construct their analysis of visual texts with confidence.

Colour and Lighting

Colour and lighting are the most obvious techniques to observe first when analysing a visual text. This is because colours represent a range of different feelings and emotions, whilst lighting assist to enhance this. For example, the colour red is usually symbolic of lust and anger, whilst yellow is symbolic of happiness and optimism, and green can be associated with nature and life. Analysing the colours used in a visual text can therefore be helpful when determining the mood that is being conveyed towards the audience. Contrast can also be analysed when observing the colour of a visual text, for example contrasts between black and white, or dark and light colours, which in turn allows for things within the image to stand out based on their relevance and importance to the meaning of the text.

Salience and Vectors

Salience and vectors are also important components to be analysed in a visual text. The salient feature of a visual text refers to wherever the viewer’s eyes are drawn to first. This is always done deliberately and is essential to convey to viewers what part of the image is most important towards the overall meaning of the text. Salient features often take the form of a person, an animal or an important word that needs to stand out.

The vector is the feature of a visual text which the audience’s eyes will follow a path towards when viewing the image and is often the second most important area for viewing following the salient. Analysing the vector is essential when discussing a visual text as it usually provides a deeper meaning or understanding towards what is being conveyed in the image. For example, a salient feature of an image may be a crying women, whilst the vector may be a gravestone in the background, providing a deeper meaning to the story shown in the image; that the women is sad over the death of a loved one.

Gaze and Body Language

Gaze and body language are more advanced visual techniques that students should try to use when analysing a visual text to present higher standard answers that will stand out to the markers. Gaze referrers to the direction in which a character is looking within the image, which in turn directs where the audience will subsequently look. There are different terms used to describe different gazes, for example an ‘offer’ gaze refers to the character looking towards another area in the image, which is usually important for viewers to follow when understanding the importance and meaning of features being presented. A ‘demand’ gaze refers to the characters eyes making direct contact with the eyes of the audience, such as the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci, which is often important when analysing the mood and emotions of a character based on their facial expression. This is linked to body language, as the gestures and positioning of a character can convey meaning regarding their attitude and personality. For example, a slouched over woman with her head tilted down, gazing towards the floor may be experiencing sadness or grief.

 

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If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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What are the Best Study Apps for On-the-Go?

What are the Best Study Apps for On-the-Go?

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


In today’s technology-adapted world, there is an endless variety of apps available to individuals for almost any purpose imaginable. Students in particular are highly reliant on a range of apps for their everyday life, as they are the most tech-savvy generation to date. There are over 80,000 educational apps available to both teachers and students for a range of different purposes including organisational tools, study skill builders and lifestyle enhancers for use during exam preparation. Below are 5 of the best study apps currently available for use by students.

Evernote

Evernote is an organisational tool designed to allow students to effectively put all of their notes together in one place. Using this app, students can compile their notes, to-do-lists, memos, images and webpages in an ordered and systematic way to avoid chaos and confusion later on. As every student’s preference for organisation varies, Evernote accounts for this as they offer a wide range of organisational functions for students to choose from. For example, some students may have a preference for handwritten notes, whilst others may prefer typed notes. Hence, Evernote includes functions to store both within the app, as students can upload images of their written notes or Word documents and PDFs for their typed files, which can then be accessed on hand at any time. The simple layout and ease of navigation of Evernote makes getting organised an achievable task for all students.

StudyBlue Flashcards and Quizzes

StudyBlue is an educational app that uses flashcards and quizzes to enhance study skills and content retention in students. Flashcards have been proven as an effective revision aid, that particularly assists with the retention of terminology and definitions. This study method is a great option for on-the-go study, for example on the train or bus commute to and from school. One of the best benefits of StudyBlue is not only can students create and customize their own flashcards, the app also offers over 500 million user-made flash cards, made available for all users to practice with. The customization features of StudyBlue flashcards allow for the incorporation of text, images and audio, addressing the wide range of study preferences across different students. Another great feature of the app is the results-tracker, allowing students to monitor their progress, identify areas to focus on and hopefully see improvements over time.

Headspace

Headspace is a popular meditation app that can be used by students for the purpose of relaxation and mindfulness during study breaks. Stress reduction for students during exam periods is absolutely critical, not only important for maintaining good mental health, but also for improving the quality of work students produce and their overall performance in exams. Meditation is a proven method of stress reduction and is made easy through the Headspace app, regardless of a student’s experience level with mediating. Headspace has a large range of short courses to assist with the various needs of students during high stress periods, with examples including the sleep course and the productivity course. The use of Headspace will in turn help students relax, breathe and take a moment to themselves before returning back to study with a fresh mind.

Studious

Studious is a schedule planning app that assists students with the organisation of their class timetables and important study dates. In today’s digital world, student’s may not effectively use and follow their written planners or calendars. Hence, Studious offers an alternative to this, as the app-based planner allows students to schedule all of their timetabled classes and important study dates on their electronic devices instead. This also ensures students always have access to a log of their study commitments when they are on the go. When using Studious, students are notified of their assessment due dates and sent reminders when exams are approaching. The app even contains the function to automatically silence a student’s phone when scheduled to do so, minimising the chance of distractions.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a popular app amongst high school students, used for the enhancement of knowledge and content based on the syllabus. The app provides a countless range of step-by-step videos, covering the vast majority of subjects and their subsequent modules. These videos can be effective for the general revision of topics, alongside further refinement of more complicated topics. This is beneficial to students as it is often effective to receive explanations from different sources and perspectives when learning a new concept. Khan Academy provides assistance with explanations of concepts that students may find particularly difficult to grasp, as students are able to pause and resume videos to effectively understand explanations at their own pace. Hence, the Khan Academy app provides students with an accessible, on-the-go option for active learning.

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Trials are Approaching!

Trials are Approaching!

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


It is that time of year again that almost all year 12 students are currently dreading, trial exams are right around that corner and suddenly the weight of the HSC begins to feel a lot more real than ever before. Despite the pressures often associated with the trial exam period, it is essential that students approach their preparation time with a calm and collected attitude. To do so, there are a range of ways to address the common challenges that many students face during this time.

 

Short for time

 

Trials are always a time constrained period in the year, as students have just finalized and submitted a range of school assessments and are then expected to dive straight into study for their trails, scheduled notably early in the following term. They key here is don’t panic! There is more time than students realise to achieve what they need to in this lead up. Mapping out their study schedule is essential to reduce the stress associated with exam preparation, as viewing it all in written form allows students to recognise that there is time for everything. To do this, students should use a calendar to firstly record the dates of each of their exams. For their initial study period, approximately 3-4 weeks before exams, students should allocate their study time evenly across all subjects. Noting down the exact time and hours of each day that they plan to work on each subject will also help to get students into a good routine. For the more intensive study period 1-2 weeks before and during the trial period itself, students should allocate the days right before certain exams as time dedicated to focus on those subjects alone.

 

Notes are incomplete

 

Due to the heavy assessment load and time constraints, students often fall behind on their notes before exams, leaving them feeling even more unprepared for the trial period. A critical piece of advice here is that students do not waste their entire study period leading up to trials finishing their notes, only to not have enough time to go back and learn them. Unfortunately, having a perfect set of notes will not benefit students unless adequate time is spent effectively understanding and retaining their contents. This is why it is important that students stay up to date with their study notes even during their assessment periods, however if a student does find themselves in this position, there are several ways they can approach this. First, students should begin studying the notes they have already made and attempt to ensure their notes are concise, rather than long and comprehensive in order to save time and reduce their workload. Collaborating with others to share the workload associated with note creation is also effective, particularly if notes are being made directly from the textbook. Students can also seek these summary notes online if required. It is important however that following the trail period, students in this position continue making their own notes in the lead up to their HSC exams.

 

Dealing with stress

 

Trials are called trials for a reason, put in place to provide students with an indication of what the experience of sitting HSC exams will be like. To help manage the stress of this period, students should approach these exams with the mindset that this is an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to identify areas that require more of a focus, seeking additional help if needed before the actual HSC exams. Alongside this, students should acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with taking small breaks during this period, which will reduce their stress levels significantly. Setting small goals to achieve before taking breaks is an effective way to approach this, in which students can reward themselves with activities they enjoy such as spending time with friends and family, reading or watching Netflix. Students should be mindful of appropriate time limits on these activities so as to not procrastinate from returning to study.

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: What are the Different University Degree Levels?,Standing out to your Markers and HEALTH during the HSC

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LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Tips on how to be a Good Tutor

Tips on how to be a Good Tutor

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Tutoring is a fulfilling and important role many students take on following the conclusion of their high school studies. There are several ways a tutor can ensure they are performing this role to the best of their ability, to ensure their students are getting the most out of lessons.

 

Be Adaptable

 

Every student is unique in their approach to learning; therefore, it is essential that tutors are adaptable to a range of their student’s needs. It may take a few sessions to work out the type of student they are and how to best structure a lesson for them. For example, some students are much shyer and quieter than others and don’t like to express themselves, therefore tutors must make sure they consistently ask them if they are understanding the content of the lesson, as they may not want to let you know themselves. Other students are more outgoing and love to chat, so it is important keep them focussed, particularly if they are prone to distractions.

Provide a Variety

 

Attending tutoring is not typically a thrilling activity for most students, however there are several ways to keep students motivated and maintain their attention for the duration of a lesson. Using a variety of methods when teaching that go beyond just discussing the content with students is therefore highly important. Examples of ways to achieve this can include showing students a range of relevant videos, drawing diagrams to illustrate certain concepts and proving a range of past questions for students to complete. This will stimulate various parts of a student’s mind and make their learning experience more engaging.

 

Be Friendly

 

An obvious but crucial tip on being a good tutor is to be a friendly tutor. It is absolutely essential that tutors are perceived as approachable by their students, in order to ensure they feel completely comfortable to ask questions and letting their tutor know when they don’t quite understand. Some ways to achieve a friendlier persona when tutoring includes smiling, engaging in conversation (for example, asking how a student’s day at school was), and ensuring a friendly body language such as sitting at eye level to the students and leaning slightly forward when listening to them speak to demonstrate attentiveness.

 

Be Organised

 

It is important that tutors are organised when it comes to their lessons, particularly if they are tutoring a number of different students. This ensures that both students and tutors feel they have made the best use of the lesson duration time. Tutors can achieve this through creating lesson plans prior to each lesson with a general schedule of what they’d like to achieve, alongside having other materials such as pre-prepared quizzes, worksheets and past papers ready to go. It is also important that tutors review the content they plan to teach prior, especially if they have not gone over it for a while. Keeping track of the content taught can be achieved effectively through the use of the syllabus as a guide.

 

Provide Encouragement

 

Finally, a good tutor must always provide endless encouragement to their students. Giving constructive criticism regarding a student’s work can be hard for both tutors and students at times, therefore it is important these comments are met with encouraging words, noting that students will learn from their mistakes and perform better next time. It is essential tutors always point out the good achievements of students as much as they make note of their mistakes. Providing encouragement should go beyond the work completed in lessons, as the HSC is a stressful time, tutors should often check in on how students are coping and provide positive encouragement and motivation to help them all the way to the end.

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: What are the Different University Degree Levels?,Standing out to your Markers and HEALTH during the HSC

 – LearnMate Tutoring.

 


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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