Brain Rocket Fuel: The Best Nootropics for Studying
Some people seem to be naturally good when it comes to educational success – I’m not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m a total idiot (I always got good grades).
It’s just that my brain doesn’t always behave as I’d like to – or to be more precise, I regularly struggle when it comes to mental focus. I yearn for more control over my grey matter, and this is what brain optimization is all about.
Brain Optimization without Becoming a Cyborg
If are a fan of Star Trek, you are going to remember the Borg. These guys were scary as hell, but they benefited from an optimized brain due to advanced technology. Futurists like Ray Kurzweil are predicting that over the next few decades, we are going to develop the technological know-how to improve our brains by sticking some super-fast computer processors in there – in the meantime, we have to make do with some more low-tech options.
The best of the current solutions for brain optimization would include lifestyle changes, concentration training, and nootropics (smart drugs). Later on in this article, we are going to be looking at each of these options.
Why You Need to Optimize Your Brain
I didn’t do very well at school. I left with no qualifications and had to return to education in my twenties. I managed to do okay, but it would have been so easy for me to just give up after failing as a teenager. Luckily, I realized the problem wasn’t the lack of a good brain but my inability to get the most out of it.
It is only really recently that the idea of optimizing the brain has started to enter the mainstream. There have been people who talked about using diet to improve focus since at least ancient Greece – Pytagorus believed a vegetarian diet led to increased mental clarity – but the idea of preparing the brain for study has been mostly ignored up until recently.
Students are taught time-management and study skills but much of the focus is on external conditions (for example, studying in a quiet environment). Wouldn’t it be great if you could optimize your brain to improve your ability to learn and retain information?
This would not only make it easier for you to pass exams, but you may also save a great deal of time – after all, how much of your current learning time is wasted due to distraction? We have not yet reached the point where we can fully customize the brain to serve our purpose, but there are already many things we can do to improve mental focus, mental stamina, and memory.
Staying focused in class
These days when you hear of people taking something to help them study, usually college students, it’s almost always either Adderall, Ritalin, or caffeine pills.
More and more students are turning to amphetamines to stay focused in class, as revealed by a recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.