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This Is Exactly What You Should Be Eating At Exam Time

While you're studying, the night before your exam, and just before you take that test.

We asked two nutrition experts to tell us the best things to eat in the lead up to exams.

Susie Burrell is a Sydney-based dietician and nutritionist, and Tim Crowe is an associate professor at Deakin University's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

When studying stick to meals and snacks that contain carbohydrates with a low glycemic index.

When making study snacks that will actually help you concentrate, combine one of these low-GI carbs with a lean protein.

When it comes to planning your meals, it's a good idea to eat a plate of "rainbow vegetables" every day.

If you can, try to avoid high-sugar snacks like banana bread, muffins, and chocolate.

Swap coffee for herbal tea in the afternoon, as too much caffeine can mess with your sleeping patterns.

The night before your exam, a dinner with carbs and a serving of lean protein will help you wake up with energy.

Before bed, avoid any foods that are high in sugar or fat. Things like pizza, creamy pasta, cakes, and biscuits will all mess with your sleep and leave you feeling lethargic in the morning.

If you do want ~something sweet~ for dessert, opt for a small amount of chocolate, Greek yoghurt, or a warm milk-based drink.

When it comes to your pre-exam breakfast, look back to that magic combination of low-GI carbs and lean proteins, but feel free to add even more protein this time.

And if you have two exams in the one day, make sure you take some bananas along with you.

Good luck out there, everyone!