How can students improve cognitive skills?

cognitive skills

Cognitive skills help the brain in reasoning, learning, reading, understanding, and solving problems. As a student, one must improve his/her brain abilities to keep pace with others in this fast-growing world. Some of these ways are as given below:

Staying active physically
Physical activities are essential in enhancing cognitive skills. According to scientific research, when a person is physically active, hormones are released in his body to improve memories. Physical exercises have a positive impact on our mental health. Exercising, cycling, going for a walk daily or performing yoga or zumba may help you stay active.

Learning a new skill
Learning or trying something new promotes new connections of brain cells with each other. You can engage yourself in learning a new language, learning how to drive, play an instrument, and involve yourself in writing an article or a piece of poetry. All of these will keep your brain active.

Also read: Importance of co-curricular activities for A-level students

Reducing stress
By reducing your stress level, you help your brain function properly. Stress hinders the brain from focusing. Continuous exposure to stress may change the brain structure leading to a decline in cognitive skills.
Therefore it is essential to keep yourself away from stress as much as possible. Exams may put a significant amount of stress on you. We recommend avoiding distracting yourself through other activities.

Brain Exercises
Brain training games such as crosswords, sudoku, or puzzles are highly effective in enhancing the cognitive skills of an individual. They sharpen processing speed, memory, response time, and decision-making skills. Students may invest their time in playing such games along with their studies.

Proper sleep
Proper sleep is essential in keeping us active and sharpens our brain to function well. Sleep helps in getting rid of the toxins from the brain and helps in restoring memory. Someone deprived of sleep won’t be able to concentrate well on studies. Therefore, to enhance their cognitive skills the students must have a good sleep of at least 6 hours per day.

Cognitive skills play an essential role in your success not only as a student but as a professional too. So once the students have realized its importance and have started learning and sharpening these skills, it will not only benefit them in their academic career but their professional life as well.

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

Clay P. Bedford

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