Students take note! New research reveals that as temperatures rise exam results can fall. So what can we do about it?

Temperatures soar but exam results plummet

Nobody needs to tell you how hot it gets in Cordoba during the summer, but what is interesting is that a new study has uncovered that hotter weather is directly linked to lower exam results. The Harvard University report which analysed exam scores of 10 million students over 13 years shows that hot weather has a negative impact on results.

A slight disagreeable impact could be noticed as temperatures rose above 21C, whereas a larger reduction in learning and performance was measured as temperatures rose above 32C and even more so above 38C.

So with Cordoba normally hitting the high thirties around exam time in June, how can students keep cool and pass that all important English exam?


Take advantage of air-conditioning Make sure your study space is well air-conditioned. If your parents start complaining about the electricity bill, then remember that the air-conditioning in the library is free!

Don’t be a mad dog An old English expression says that “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”, so don’t be foolish like them and ensure you revise either early in the morning or late at night, when the heat doesn’t make you so sleepy.

Cool down Have a nice cool shower before you go to your exam to refresh your body and mind.

Get out of the car Don’t sit an enclosed car in the parking lot trying to do some last minute revision before your exam. Get out of the car and find a nice airy spot to revise or inside the exam building.

Stay hydrated Obviously it’s really important to drink lots of water in hot weather. Staying away from a heavy breakfast or lunch and caffeinated drinks will also help you feel better.

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