Exercice oui ou non? (Exercise yes or no?)
Ecole des Navigateurs
Floor Location : J 189 H
Study participants performed 30 minutes of a seated activity and then performed a series of tests. My study involved a test of memory, a test of concentration, and a test of focus. The test of memory consisted of having 1 minute to memorize 20 photos and then study participants were given 1 minute to recall the photos and list as many as possible at the end of the other two tests. The test of concentration consisted of finding as many words as possible in a word search within 5 minutes. The test of focus consisted of identifying a as many single numbers as possible in a page of numbers, within 1 minute. The study participants wrote their names on their test sheets.
The test sheets had version A and B for each skills test. This was so that the participants could not memorize the answers.
Study participants then performed 30 minutes of exercise. Some of the study participants went for a walk and others played in a pool. After the study participants completed the 30 minutes of exercise, they completed version B of the skills tests.
I then compared the answers of the two versions of the tests of memory, concentration, and focus. I found that the study participants did better on their focus and concentration tests after doing exercise as compared to after sitting for 30 minutes. I found that the study participants did worse on their memory tests after doing exercise as compared to after sitting for 30 minutes.
In conclusion, my project demonstrates that a student's ability to focus and concentrate is better after doing exercise and that a student's ability to memorize is better after doing a seated activity. This suggests that if a student is having a hard time learning at school, it would be a good idea to get up and move, and then come back to continue their work.