Better marks are a big issue and challenge amongst the students and even the mothers who are constantly concerned about the grades. Sometimes it may seem like getting better grades is impossible with the rising pressure, competition and yes of course the heavily burdened syllabus. Is paying attention in the class or studying for hours together enough to get better grades? No, there are other ways by which students can improve their memory and concentrations, which will definitely help them to improve their skills and grades.
Ayurveda has an entirely different concept in mental performances. It gives importance to three aspects:
- Dhi – learning and comprehension controlled by vata
- Dhrit – grasping and retention of knowledge governed by pitta.
- Smriti – memory controlled by pitta.
Factors that help in Brain Growth and Development:
- Sound sleep
- Study pattern and strategy
- Confidence level and complexity
Well, you may be surprised to know that exercising or physical activity not only builds up the body, strength and immunity but also builds a better brain.
How does exercise help in better and sharp brains?
Exercising helps in better blood circulation. Improved circulation provides oxygen and essential nutrients to the brain cells thus activating the brain and making it sharp and fresh. Here exercise means plenty of play without any rules, brisk walk, a small stroll, cleaning the house etc. Kids should be encouraged to solve puzzles, play brain games. We should allow the kids to play, which will relax and refresh them. This enhances their grasping power, attention, and focus helping in better grades.
Yoga and Meditation
The students should be encouraged to practice yoga and pranayam. Yoga helps in proper blood circulation, increases concentration and reduces stress. Regenuates brain cells and helps in thought process and creativeness. Meditation enhances the brainpower by making it stable and alert.
Improper or less sleep is a significant risk factor, which impacts the academic performance. A good 8 hour sleep is very necessary for a child to be active and healthy which is generally ignored due to late dinner, late night studies etc. Here, parent’s role is to hook on the sleeping routine of children. A particular discipline should be maintained regarding sleeping habits, keeping the electronic gadgets away from kid’s bedroom. It is recommended that children between the ages 5 – 12 need 10 – 11 hours of night sleep, while as teenagers need 8 – 9 hours sleep. So sound sleep enables kids to concentrate and focus well and thus show improvement in their academics.
Studying pattern and methodology
Academic performance also depends on the studying pattern and the method used to study and write. In most of the students we don’t see any pattern of studying. They are very casual with their studies. Some students just mug up the answers without understanding them. So its the duty of the parents to guide them in a proper way. Kids need to understand as to what the question is? What should be the answer and how the answer should be written? For this they should go through the book thoroughly and try to understand each and every word. Kids should try to write the answers in their own words rather than copying from the book directly. This habit improves their language, writing skills, presentation and confidence. They should have a certain timetable for studies, which would help them in completing the portions and revisions on time. And especially during exams kids should just revise the portions and never ever read till the last minute of your exams. Give the brain some rest at least for an hour before exams and see how it will make wonders.
Confidence Level and Complexity
Some kids suffer with lack of confidence and have complexity about their own capabilities. This will have a greater impact on their academics, as they lack the confidence that they can perform better in exams. This is generally due to the other classmates who always try to bully them, parent’s pressure to score well and the comparison with other children, which leads to low esteem. So parents need to take care not to compare the child with others and always condemn them. Parents and teachers should always try to motivate their child and boost the confidence for better performance.
- Students should take proper nutritious and balanced food to keep the body and brain healthy and active. Food that they have should consist of nuts, legumes, whole grains, spinach, dark chocolate, berries, apples, vegetables, onions etc. The vitamins, minerals and the antioxidants help in proper blood circulation, nutrition to the brain, increases memory & concentration and increase neural activity.
- Home ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Saraswat Churna, Shankhapushpi, Mandukaparni, Guduchi etc. can be given to the kids to boost memory power, increase the grasping and understanding capability.
Lets keep it in mind that studying should not be a burden but fun and play to the kids. They should develop interest in studying and shouldn’t be forced. Once kids start loving and enjoy their studies, their brain starts working better and help in securing better grades. Hence lets encourage playful and fun fill studying pattern than the old boring pattern.