Caffeine is fuel when it comes to pulling all-nighters before a language test. A latte here and a monster drink there is always successful in pulling us out of the slump hours of the day. While some people believe that caffeine may be harmful when consumed by students, others believe that a healthy diet to boost memory and a cup of coffee is the key to cracking an exam. Studies show that caffeine can actually help catalyze the process of learning new languages, writing algorithms, and other tasks of the mind. About 3-4 cups of coffee, i.e. 400 milligrams of caffeine, is a healthy dose and can actually help you achieve your goals.
Caffeine is an amazing productivity anchor
Productivity anchor refers to an action done routinely so as to train the body to ‘snap’ into productivity mode when the task at hand requires more than the usual 9-5. When it comes to taking up new activities like learning languages, caffeine turns out to be an amazing productivity anchor. And while the effects of coffee on the brain are many, one of the ways it helps enhance your performance is the much-needed kick it gives your brain.
Coffee and Language Learning
Caffeine, as we know by now, is known to increase focus and concentration by positively impacting your heart and the central nervous system (CNS) simultaneously. Additionally, it improves your short-term memory (STM) by reducing weariness, thereby enabling better learning, in addition to enhancing your mood and making you more alert – which is great news for language learners.
Furthermore, the DNA breakdown that occurs in your brains cells with learning something new each time, is repaired faster with a cup of coffee. This DNA breakage, as reported by a 2016 study, can happen within two hours of coffee consumption. Which is great news for aspiring linguists since this power drink helps in retention of new information while protecting their brain cells with aging.
Moderation is the key
Though caffeine can be a powerful aid in studies, it does have its side-effects. Due to its direct effect on the heart, it can cause palpitations and increase/decrease your blood pressure. Too much caffeine can severely alter your sleep cycle and can even lead to restless sleep sessions as well.
So, caffeine does help studies, only if you moderate your intake. If you’ve got to crack that Monday morning semester exam, grab your cup because “coffee doesn’t ask silly questions, coffee understands”.
— Written by Jane Sandwood, Contributor at Mondly