How to Improve Cognitive Performance

Valid for Exams, Interviews & GMAT.

Our results are defined by a mix of our skills, information and cognitive performance.


In fact, an exam does not only test the level of skills acquired, but also the cognitive performance that you have at that particular time when you take the exam.
If you are sad or emotionally pessimistic you are much more likely to get a lower score than a more optimistic version of yourself, with the same knowledge.


This is often a disadvantage: too many times we are anxious and frightened by exams or tests that are apparently difficult to pass.
But what if there is a way, a trick or a series of “hacks” that make this defect an advantage?
Surely there are an infinity of tricks, some still not discovered by any human being, but for the moment below will be listed strategies and tactics to be performed before the exam to facilitate and optimize our results, achieving superior performance with equal knowledge.


1) Sleep 8-9 hours, taking 1 mg of melatonin if you have difficulty getting to sleep (always consult your doctor before, even if it is a supplement)

2) Waking up between 4:30 and 6:00 AM

3) Go running, without interruption, for 30 minutes in a row

4) Take a cold shower for at least 30-40 seconds, soaking your head most of the time

5) Take Supreme Magnesium to prevent fatigue

6) Take Vitamin B Composites, such as Be Total Mind Plus to reduce cognitive stress in case the effort required will be prolonged.

7) Don’t study the day before the test: relaxing you will let your subconscius to elaborate all the information necessary to do the best

8) 30 Minutes before the exam read some Verbal Question to put yourself in the mood (in case you do the GMAT, alternatively rapidly give a look to the materials for your specific case)

9) Meditate: 10 minutes in the morning (for example after the cold shower) and 10 minutes before going to bed, in the long run, this habit will allow you to be more and more focused during the day

10) Drink a lot of water, preferably 1 entire big bottle in the morning and during the examination
Warning: Remember to go to the toilet before the examination starts !

The fourth point is fundamental because when we wake up the brain tends to have some areas still in the “sleep-wake” phase for a prolonged period (from 4 to more hours) and only a shock brings the brain to be immediately responsive and lucid and especially ready to better face the day.

Another useful advice to reduce stress and anxiety immediately at the exact moment of the test, it is useful to learn to breathe letting the stomach expand (so not the chest) very slowly and calmly for 1-2 minutes: this will have the almost immediate effect of reducing the anxiety and stress generated by the situation allowing you to take over the situation.

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