Starved students gambling their futureWritten by Laura Haslin
As university students head into exam season more than half (52.4%) are missing breakfast daily, compromising a time that could determine the rest of their lives. The majority (59%) cited a lack of time and stress for skipping breakfast. Worryingly, two-fifths (42%) said they didn’t have enough money to grab a bite to eat before going in for an exam.
A final-year student, Cecilia Pazmany at University of Northumbria said: “Exam schedules are so intense, I don’t have time for anything, everything feels so crammed. I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I need to choose between energy drinks and breakfast, my budget only goes so far”.
Breakfast doesn’t seem to be a priority for students. Outside exam season, a quarter (26.3%) said they missed breakfast at least 4 times a week with the overwhelming majority (83.6%) saying it was unaffordable. This said, most (44.8%) knew having breakfast would make for a productive day.
Second-year student Phoebe Mckeand at University of Leeds, said: “There is so much to juggle at university and so things fall off the radar. Campus breakfasts aren’t cheap and shopping is a bit a chore. I do feel a good breakfast every morning would help but we’re time and cash poor”.
Vincent Karremans, Founder of Magnet.me commented: “It’s often remarked that a hearty breakfast makes for a great day. However, too many young people are missing the most important meal of the day. You could put this down to blissful ignorance but according our research, almost half of young people acknowledge the importance of breakfast but for most its unaffordable. This needs to change across campuses in the UK.”
“This culture of malnutrition will not only impact their academic outcomes but also their career prospects and the wellbeing of the workforce of the future.
Tips for exam season
1. A cunning plan. Create a schedule and have the self-discipline to stick to it. Create blocks of one-hour sprint sessions to cover what needs to be achieved for each task.
2. The whole truth. Writing and re-writing notes from lectures and revision sessions will help facts to stick in your mind faster. It’s a proven technique and will help when it counts!
3. Testing testing. Quiz yourself by writing questions and answers side-by-side. Cover the answers with a sheet of paper and slide down as you move along the questions.
4. Sweet dreams. Get 7-hours sleep before exam days. A rested mind is a resourceful one. You will be fresh and alert for the morning ahead.
5. Work hard then play hard. No parties until exam periods are over. Physically and mentally exhausting, not to mention hugely frustrating, to get back into study-mode the next day. It’ll take out too much time and energy to get back into the flow of things.