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(BBC)   Good news: scientists discover that drinking heavily before an exam will improve your grades. Bad news: it only applies to water   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-04-17 09:42:53 PM  
Well, that explains my GPA.
 
2012-04-18 01:26:48 AM  
I went with Bud Light. Same thing.
 
2012-04-18 09:34:23 AM  
So drink as much as possible, go on...its just water. Haha you're dead.
 
2012-04-18 09:38:21 AM  
Well, yeah. You drink a tonne of water, and then you have an excuse to go to the washroom and read your cheat notes in the stall.

Must've done half my heavy math courses that way.
 
2012-04-18 09:39:47 AM  
Before an exam, subby? I'm sure I could get more greenlights if I reached for a joke like that, but I prefer to read the article.

Anyway, I tend to go into an exam with an energy drink. It's not to stay sharp and focused, because they don't have that much of an effect on me, but rather it reduces my anxiety when I'm able to take a three-second break to sip the drink. I'm willing to bet that this study can be reproduced with most drinks, not just water, because I believe having the drink is more relaxing than the actual hydration provided.
 
2012-04-18 09:58:17 AM  
Beer has water in it.
 
2012-04-18 11:00:38 AM  
"You drink water?"
/obscure
 
2012-04-18 11:06:01 AM  
Hmm... Is this related to the "people who need to pee make better choices" studies that have been done for years?

RTFA

I was wrong. This is a shiatty study with a low % change in a self selecting sample group. I farking hate how many crap studies get published.
 
2012-04-18 11:13:05 AM  

cgraves67: Beer has water in it.


I'm waiting for Dr. Blutarsky to weigh in.
 
2012-04-18 12:19:30 PM  
www.myfacewhen.net

Students that go into an exam prepared (e.g. with water, extra pens, what have you) do better than ones who don't.

/correlation != causation
 
2012-04-18 12:32:41 PM  
I read a study once that said that if you are sober when you study for an exam you do better on the exam (if you are sober) but if you are drunk when you study for the exam you do better on the exam (provided that you are drunk when you write the exam). Apparently the brain works better in the same state as you studied. Mind you, this is not an excuse to get really drunk--there's just a very slight edge if you pay attention to your state in either case.

I am sure that proper hydration helps you think clearly and avoids distractions from thirst, but the effect must be quite small except in very extreme cases.

It is definiitely not a good idea to drink a lot before the exam if you are not allowed to go to the washroom during the exam. I had to go to the bathroom badly during a high school science exam once and my marks dropped thirty points. There was a parent-teacher meeting. It was enough to affect my final mark and could have affected my chances of getting into one of the better universities although I was accepted by all the universties to which I applied and accepted the one with the most generous scholarship offer.

All in all, it is wise to go into an exam comfortable, reasonably confident, and well-prepared in every way.
 
2012-04-18 12:34:51 PM  
If your marks drop thirty points suddenly, high school principles will think you are on goof balls*.

Fortunately, I still passed the exam.

*In reality, the kids on goof balls didn't have thirty points to lose for the most part.
 
2012-04-18 12:35:36 PM  
Oops! PrinciPALS. Goof balls are contagious.
 
2012-04-18 12:51:37 PM  

TeDDD: Before an exam, subby? I'm sure I could get more greenlights if I reached for a joke like that, but I prefer to read the article.

Anyway, I tend to go into an exam with an energy drink. It's not to stay sharp and focused, because they don't have that much of an effect on me, but rather it reduces my anxiety when I'm able to take a three-second break to sip the drink. I'm willing to bet that this study can be reproduced with most drinks, not just water, because I believe having the drink is more relaxing than the actual hydration provided.


Undiagnosed ADHD?
 
2012-04-18 01:45:42 PM  

TeDDD: Before an exam, subby? I'm sure I could get more greenlights if I reached for a joke like that, but I prefer to read the article.

Anyway, I tend to go into an exam with an energy drink. It's not to stay sharp and focused, because they don't have that much of an effect on me, but rather it reduces my anxiety when I'm able to take a three-second break to sip the drink. I'm willing to bet that this study can be reproduced with most drinks, not just water, because I believe having the drink is more relaxing than the actual hydration provided.


I learned the same trick in medical school. Even when they began insisting that it be in a clear/translucent container (so you didn't have a label to read, or put notes on), I found that simply having a bottle of water, gatorade or Venom did the trick. Mental break for 2 seconds, long enough to take stock, refocus and come back around.

StoPPeRmobile:
Undiagnosed ADHD?


Wholly possible. That's how I was diagnosed- with 160mg of caffeine on board, my focus improved and oddly, my heart rate and blood pressure lowered slightly. It's a gold-plated bastard getting the diagnosis of ADHD as an adult since the APA currently insists symptoms must begin before age 7, but that one is pretty diagnostic.
 
2012-04-18 02:17:58 PM  

Sword and Shield: TeDDD: Before an exam, subby? I'm sure I could get more greenlights if I reached for a joke like that, but I prefer to read the article.

Anyway, I tend to go into an exam with an energy drink. It's not to stay sharp and focused, because they don't have that much of an effect on me, but rather it reduces my anxiety when I'm able to take a three-second break to sip the drink. I'm willing to bet that this study can be reproduced with most drinks, not just water, because I believe having the drink is more relaxing than the actual hydration provided.

I learned the same trick in medical school. Even when they began insisting that it be in a clear/translucent container (so you didn't have a label to read, or put notes on), I found that simply having a bottle of water, gatorade or Venom did the trick. Mental break for 2 seconds, long enough to take stock, refocus and come back around.

StoPPeRmobile:
Undiagnosed ADHD?

Wholly possible. That's how I was diagnosed- with 160mg of caffeine on board, my focus improved and oddly, my heart rate and blood pressure lowered slightly. It's a gold-plated bastard getting the diagnosis of ADHD as an adult since the APA currently insists symptoms must begin before age 7, but that one is pretty diagnostic.


That's just the school system.I bet your parents are "anti-drug."
 
2012-04-18 03:00:18 PM  
As someone going to write a test in about an hour and still moderately hungover, I'm getting a headache from these replies.
 
2012-04-18 03:22:54 PM  

BumpInTheNight: As someone going to write a test in about an hour and still moderately hungover, I'm getting a headache from these replies.


Some caffeine will stop that headache.

:)
 
2012-04-18 04:03:48 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: That's just the school system.I bet your parents are "anti-drug."


Nope, and nope. Never had any symptoms until adulthood, parents are not anti-drug in any way (got all my vaccines and the like), and the age is pulled straight from DSM-IVtr.

Per the DSM-IVtrLink: "B. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years."

It's likely to change in DSM-V, but as it stands, it's a royal pain to get a psychiatrist to diagnose adult onset ADHD. Took me two years of trying.
 
2012-04-18 04:18:59 PM  

Sword and Shield: StoPPeRmobile: That's just the school system.I bet your parents are "anti-drug."

Nope, and nope. Never had any symptoms until adulthood, parents are not anti-drug in any way (got all my vaccines and the like), and the age is pulled straight from DSM-IVtr.

Per the DSM-IVtrLink: "B. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years."

It's likely to change in DSM-V, but as it stands, it's a royal pain to get a psychiatrist to diagnose adult onset ADHD. Took me two years of trying.


I meant that schools systems seem to have more incentive to make that diagnosis. There doesn't seem to be much incentive to have that be the diagnosis for adults., since they may be able to collect disability.

:)
 
2012-04-18 04:25:43 PM  
That is entirely possible. Trying to get the diagnosis as an adult is incredibly tough, even when you score off-the-charts high on the questionnaires. I had one psych tell me straight out that it couldn't be ADHD, that it had to be latent anxiety and depression, even when both were controlled well for a year-plus.
 
2012-04-18 05:07:00 PM  

Sword and Shield: That is entirely possible. Trying to get the diagnosis as an adult is incredibly tough, even when you score off-the-charts high on the questionnaires. I had one psych tell me straight out that it couldn't be ADHD, that it had to be latent anxiety and depression, even when both were controlled well for a year-plus.


Yeah, SRRI's.

That's sucky. Sorry dude. People are dicks.
 
2012-04-18 05:19:34 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: BumpInTheNight: As someone going to write a test in about an hour and still moderately hungover, I'm getting a headache from these replies.

Some caffeine will stop that headache.

:)


Aye been shovelling that, food and water into me all day. Now that its over and I did really well...hair of the dog time :P
 
2012-04-18 05:51:41 PM  

BumpInTheNight: StoPPeRmobile: BumpInTheNight: As someone going to write a test in about an hour and still moderately hungover, I'm getting a headache from these replies.

Some caffeine will stop that headache.

:)

Aye been shovelling that, food and water into me all day. Now that its over and I did really well...hair of the dog time :P


That reminds me...
 
2012-04-19 04:54:36 AM  
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Damn you, subby, they were supposed to read that headline in my voice!
 
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