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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.

Scientific Terms

Chemicals, hormones


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.

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Time required:
1 day to prepare, 4 days for experiment
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Easily found. Ideas for questions may be obtained from textbooks, past examination papers and the internet.
Safety concerns:

Ensure that the students engage in low risk physical activities