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The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute offers the following nutrition tips for exam students:

* Don't skip meals, especially breakfast.

* At breakfast ensure you choose foods that are high in fibre and give your body a slow, steady release of glucose – for example, wholemeal bread or porridge.

* Avoid any kind of weight loss diets during this time as many of these are lacking in essential nutrients and can hit concentration.

* Take a healthy snack with you to eat either during or before the exam.

* Try to eat a good lunch, and avoid the local chipper. Fatty foods will leave you feeling full and sluggish.

* Don't overdo it on caffeine, but do have other drinks such as fruit juice, herbal tea and water.

Irish Independent