Looking for a way to boost your final exam scores? Toss out those energy drinks and buy a couple extra packs of gum. Researchers at Lawrence University found that chewing gum boosts mental performance, according to UPI.com. The study found that students who chewed gum for 5 minutes before a test experienced a performance boost for the first 15-20 minutes of a test and scored higher than students who didn’t chew gum. Of course, the study advises that chewing gum throughout the test didn’t provide any extra benefits. You can read the full story here.
If you’re feeling stressed about all of your final exams and you’re looking for a way to wind down and relax, check out the Washington Post’s tips in “Cute Puppies, dance parties and stress-busting ideas for finals week.” According to the article, a little time with puppies, a silent dance party with your headphones in the library, a flash mob, some face time with your friends, a little bit of exercise, and a healthy diet might help relieve some of the extra stress that you’ve been suffering from.
The University of Alaska plans to slow down the Internet connection in its residence halls to help prevent students from downloading illegal content, writes the AP. The school received 878 complaints in 2010 from the entertainment industry, and the plan is to slow the Internet in the dorms enough to stop high definition streaming. Homework, video games, and other legal forms of entertainment shouldn’t be affected. Students are already protesting the slow-down. They’ve even started a Facebook page to “Take the Internet Back!” Click here to read the full article.
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