Brain Weather

By Ally Hoogs

Lo and behold, another semester of high school is now starting at LL. Two weeks in and homework starts to pile up on desks, adding weight onto the shoulders of fresh minds straight out of winter break.

However, according to Audrey Allen, a junior at LL, it’s all in how you prepare yourself for upcoming tests. She commented that “you can learn anything over a really long period of time” as long as you “work at it and you try” to do the best work you can. 

Picture by Savannah West

Audrey also noted that its not the amount of work just the way you prepare. “If you’re cramming for a test and you’ve already done a lot of work that day I think you can [feel as if your brain is full]” but otherwise “anyone can learn anything if they put their mind to it.” 

Study habits seem to be the best possible way to avoid this feeling. Psychology Today notes that if there are “too many things going on without time to pause and restore” it can result in “mental exhaustion.”1 They suggest better coping habits to prevent brain fatigue and the elusive “fog” that comes as a side effect of learning.

Las Lomas students come up against this wall of unmotivation often. Biology and Biomedical Science teacher Mr. Tong noted that “if one does not have a good foundation established…then it will be hard for that person to build upon that knowledge.” He knows that preparing well will prevent them from feeling overwhelmed with their specific discipline.

Feeling “full” is a common issue that students, and teachers, face in daily life, especially during the day. The brain can feel too full at times, but there is no limit to how much you can learn and master; it is all in how one chooses to learn it.