Glass of water key to exam success?

Published: April 20, 2012

Information flows more freely between brain cells when they are well hydrated. PHOTO:REUTERS

LONDON: Simply a glass of water could be the key to exam success, say British researchers.

Students who took a drink into the exam hall did up to 10 percent better than those who did not – the difference between a grade, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Although it is unclear why a drink should help, one theory is that information flows more freely between brain cells when they are well hydrated.

Researchers said that drinking water may also calm nerves, while those who became thirsty during test time could be more easily distracted.

The study, which looked at hundreds of university students, compared whether they took a drink – such as water, coffee or cola – into the exam with their final marks.

The students’ overall academic ability was then factored in, to ensure that the results were not skewed by the possibility that smarter students are also thirstier.

The study was presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Fahad Raza
    Apr 20, 2012 - 12:47PM

    O abosultely yes.. but with some diluted Pharras please…

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  • Apr 20, 2012 - 3:28PM

    l consumed a can of Redbull thirty minutes prior to my job interview and it worked.

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  • Paki_boy
    Apr 20, 2012 - 4:05PM

    In our examination centrers if you drink their water then inspite of doing paper you will end up in toilet…. hahah

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  • Apr 20, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Then keep running to the wash room and check pharas

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  • Apr 20, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Good study London. No wonder, London bridge is falling down.

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  • nash30
    Apr 20, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Totally know what I need to do to ace my A-Levels now..

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  • Raza
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:00PM

    Bad headline. Its not key to success. It simply helps exam-giving, as per the 10 % increased productivity. Also, any drink counts- coffee and cola contains caffeine which increases alertness (well known fact), which is why so many have Red Bulls and coffees/teas before an exam. So its not necessarily water which has any effect.

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  • Apr 21, 2012 - 8:02AM

    hmmm… agree with Raza that energy drink actives student and this help him to recall the lesson. ;) Ghuk Ghuk Ghuk Ahhhh…! :P

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