How to increase your mental sharpness

Why should you increase your mental sharpness or IQ? Generally, increasing your IQ enables students to tackle various tasks and questions (especially in exams). Think about it like this: When you workout your muscles you grow stronger, so when you workout your brain you can increase your overall intelligence.


  1. Play chess or similar strategy games

Various studies have linked those who play chess usually have better academic outcomes. The main reason is that chess allows the players to think strategically from both their opponent’s view and their own. Playing games like chess will prepare students to develop the critical thinking skills required in school and in life.

  1. Play an instrument

Studies suggest that students who play an instrument (any instrument) usually posses a higher IQ. Additionally, some studies suggest that those who play instruments also score higher in mathematics. Overall, playing a musical instrument has been common amongst elite scholars for hundreds of years.

  1. Meditate

Meditation has been linked to increased test scores and decreased stress. The main factor for improved test scores is that the brain functions drastically differently when stress is low. Students should aim to meditate about 10-15 minutes a day to see benefits. Although I would advice to meditate during stressful exam periods if students can’t do it regularly.

  1. Workout and eat healthy

Studies have shown that maintaining good workout and eating habits lead to a higher rate of student success than students who remain sedentary. Students should aim to work out for 30 minutes a day and avoid eating processed foods.

  1. Read

Reading allows students to improve their reading and writing comprehension, resulting in a higher chance of academic success. Students can read any book they desire as scholars have not been able to link certain books with higher academic success.

  1. Learn a new language

I recently wrote a blog on learning languages so feel free to check it out! Learning a language is not only cool but can improve your English skills. Scholars also suggest learning a language results in better cognitive outcomes during adulthood.

  1. Learn a new skill or teach a skill to someone else

Students who learn new skills are more readily prepared to answer unexpected questions in exams. The skill should align with what the student wants to study to see such a result. Additionally, teaching someone else a new skill improves students communication but also makes sure the student fully understands the topic etc.

  1. Study

Although keeping the brain active is important nothing beats studying when preparing for a specific exam. Students should aim to study weekly and increase the time given to studying when exams are coming up. Students who study are more likely to score a favourable ATAR at the end of the year.

Overall, your IQ score itself does not necessarily matter as scholars still debate its importance. However, ‘working out’ your brain and keeping mentally sharp has shown to provide incredible benefits!

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