Studying for classes and exams can be very taxing on your mental and physical well-being. Often, a student may be studying for several exams at the same time. As a result, many students use coffee and other caffeinated drinks to keep them awake while they try to learn and retain as much material as possible.
But will drinking coffee help you study better and ultimately lead to better grades? Here are some ways coffee can affect the body while you are studying as well as additional strategies to help you study better and get better grades.
Coffees effects on your body and mind
Coffee can have several effects on your body and mind while you are studying for an exam. It can help improve your mood, modestly improve your memory, and help you stay more alert when you are starting to feel a bit tired or worn out from the hours of preparation. It can also stimulate blood flow.
The caffeine in coffee also causes an elevation in heart rate which can help you focus better. However, for some people, an elevated heart rate can be a distraction and may lead to a harder time studying. Therefore, it is important to understand how caffeine will impact your body and mind before trying to use it as a study aid.
Too much of a good thing?
Although coffee can help you stay awake longer while you are studying or help to improve your memory, consuming too much can be detrimental to your health and can also have a negative impact on studying and grades.
If consumed in excessive amounts you can experience the jitters, nausea, tiredness, and it may interfere with sleep. If you cannot fall asleep before an exam coffee may actually hinder your performance resulting in lower grades.
It is recommended that you do not consume more than 400mg, which is the equivalent to 3-4 cups of coffee per day. It is important to remember that caffeine will affect everyone differently. Some people may begin experiencing the negative effects of caffeine after just one cup, especially if you do not consume much caffeine on a regular basis or are extremely sensitive to its effects.
How to prepare coffee while studying
Coffee is sold in many varieties and is prepared many different ways. The best way to prepare coffee while studying is to prepare it to your desired taste. You can choose different roasts based on your taste preference or choose to grind your coffee beans into a finer grind to make the coffee more flavorful and bold.
Finer ground coffee can yield coffee with higher caffeine content, so if you are sensitive to the effect of coffee you may want to choose a darker roast which has less caffeine compared to lighter roasts. Many people also add sugar, milk, or spices to their coffee to make it sweeter or more desirable. You will also want to avoid copious amounts of sugar, since it can make you feel tired while you are trying to study.
Strategies that can help you study and prepare for exams
Although coffee might be helpful for some students, implementing tips and strategies that will help you study and manage your time will be more effective in the long run. You first want to take adequate time to allow yourself to learn and retain the content you are required to know.
Trying to cram a semester’s worth of content into one day is not a recipe for success. You also want to use your time wisely. To do so, try allotting your time to study material you are not as familiar with and devoting a similar amount of time to different classes if you have tests at the same time.
Since studying for exams can be very taxing on your mental and physical health, make sure to take good care of yourself. Be sure to eat well and get plenty of sleep and rest. You can also try getting a deep tissue massage to help you relax and calm down if you happened to drink too much coffee while studying. If a massage isn’t quite in your budget, other ways to relax include taking a walk or mediating. These activities will also help you if you are feeling stressed out from school.
Overall, coffee can be a good study aid if it is used in moderation and appropriately. Although ingesting 400 mg of caffeine is generally considered safe, lower amounts can have negative effects on your body and mind, which can hinder your academic performance.
Therefore, you should be mindful about your consumption and try implementing additional strategies to help you study more effectively. These strategies, such as managing your time better and taking care of yourself, will help set you up to ultimately yield better grades.
What’s your take? Does coffee help you stay energized and focused? Or does it keep you up at night? Let us know in the comments!
About Sarah Jones
Sarah writes for We Dream of Coffee because she believes that her favorite drink does more than just wake you up – it can also make your life a little bit easier.