Project cost ($):
1 day to prepare, 4 days for experiment
Easily found. Ideas for questions may be obtained from textbooks, past examination papers and the internet.
Ensure that the students engage in low risk physical activities
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This experiment was done to investigate the benefits of performing physical activity before students take an exam.
Doing physical activity before taking an exam improves exam performance.
The mind and exercise
Physical exercise is good for the health of our bodies and minds. Exercise helps us improve learning ability by making our minds sharper and more alert. Research has shown that a short 10 minutes of light exercise such as walking, jogging or riding a bicycle is enough to alter the level of hormones and chemicals in our brain. It makes us more alert, makes us feel happier and increases confidence.
The materials required for this experiment:
The results show that the student examination performance is better after performing the physical exercise. The boys scored an average of 64.5% before the exercise and 71.5% after the exercise. The boy results have improved 7% after the physical exercise. The girls scored 69.5% before the exercise and 75% after the exercise. The girl results have improved 5.5% after the physical exercise.
The hypothesis that performing some physical activity before sitting for an examination should improve the performance of students, is proven to be true.
Japanese factory and office workers have the habit of performing some light exercise before starting work in the morning. This is not only a team bonding experience, but this habit probably has contributed to a sharper and more hardworking workforce in Japan.
Our schools should also be encouraged to allocate some time for light exercise to be performed on a daily basis before class begins!
The experiment can be repeated by having a longer time for the physical exercise.
Would changing the rest period in between the physical activity and taking the examination affect the overall results?
Try to repeat the experiment using younger or older students. Also, try performing the experiment on a much larger group of students for more accurate/reliable results.