While nothing replaces paying attention in class, taking great notes, and studying hard, scientists have found one simple trick that can boost your memory and, in turn, your grades. It’s so easy that you can even do it with your eyes closed. A team of psychologists at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio asked 172 students ages 12 to 15 to complete memory tests, then randomly assigned them to one of three groups.

One group practiced mindfulness meditation, one practiced yoga, and one attended their regular after-class sports activities. Meditation is the practice of clearing your mind of thoughts and focusing on your breath; mindfulness meditation takes it a step further and pushes you to concentrate on bodily sensations, like stress melting off your shoulders or your headache floating away.

The goal is to reduce stress and increase awareness of what’s going on around you. After four weeks, the students completed a second set of memory tests. Students who learned how to meditate jumped 10 points (from 34 to 44) on a 75-point scale of memory.

The yoga group only improved by four points and the control group that attended heir regular after-class sports activities showed no improvement. If anything, we all know that reading summaries the morning before exams fails four times out of five. Worse yet, by the time you line up for checking at the exam hall, you’ll have already forgotten everything you crammed. Even worse still, when everything you summarized does not come! Bang! You’re dead… kaput!

But think about it. What if you perhaps followed your usual reading time table only that this time, you make time for meditating. Every school has that quite spot or corner o gardens where you can go alone or with a couple of good buddies and meditate for at least 15-30 minutes a day. Mindfully meditating every day could be exactly the trick you need to increase your memory, which comes in handy when you’re taking a test at school or even the those mid-terms and EOT exams.

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