Best Nootropics For Studying - Our Top Recommendations

July 10, 2020 5 min read

Nootropics are used for various purposes, and one of the most current studies is studying. We are facing a highly competitive environment when it comes to academic performance, and with it come to a lot of illegal and often even harmful substances that students use to boost their brainpower and performance. 

Nootropics are natural solutions that can be highly effective - from boosting your energy, providing a smooth energy kick without the crash, helping you focus during lectures, or when preparing for exams, improving your memory and motivation. In many cases, the problem of students also lies in issues with mood, whether it is anxiety, depression, or just significant mood swings. Nootropics can also help with it.

Why Use Nootropics For Studying?

Nootropics can positively affect different aspects of our performance, from improving focus, energy levels, memory, motivation to decreasing anxiety while preparing for an exam.

While they are most commonly known as cognitive and mood boosters, they also help you relax and improve your sleep. Having a night of good sleep is often even more important than memorizing everything to the last detail. 

If you also find yourself anxious or nervous at the end of the day, nootropics may help you relax and recharge to tackle an exam or just another all-day-studying day.

With the rise of competitiveness, many students under 18 years searching for ways to boost their performance. Since the brain is still developing at that age, nootropics are not really recommended - you know, to stay on the safe side.

But if you do consume any, go with the lower dosages so you won't interfere with the ongoing natural process of brain development.

All in all, many nootropics can help you perform better, they can be safer for long-term use & many of them are also quite cheaper than some prescription drugs.

Best Nootropics For Studying

Let's see which nootropics you can benefit from.


Caffeine is the most known and popular stimulant in the modern world. Every day, about 90% of Americans consume it in some way, whether through coffee, tea, or capsules. Caffeine is classified as a nootropic because it provides mental stimulation, and it sensitizes our neurons. [1

The main benefits of caffeine for studying are: 
- increased alertness,

- improved short-term recall, 

- faster reaction times,

- improved mood - some research shows that it can even help with depression. [2

Research shows that the optimal dosage for healthy adults is up to 400 mg of caffeine per day, which can be translated to around 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. [3

Besides the benefits caffeine has on our performance, it has to be taken in moderation since it can also have some side effects. The most known side effect is an energy crash that can follow in a certain period after consuming it. 

To avoid this one, it's best to combine it with another nootropic - L-Theanine - that actually soothes the effects of caffeine and prevents the energy crash from happening.


L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea leaves. 

While caffeine can give you an energy boost, L-Theanine provides smooth and long-lasting focus and attention. 

Since it increases GABA, serotonin, and dopamine levels in our brain, it produces a calming yet energizing effect while also benefiting cognitive processes such as memory and learning. [4

So how to combine Caffeine and L-Theanine? 

To get the most out of this combo, the easiest way is to consume it through capsules. For example, STAQ Performer's formula consists of both. 

Bacopa Monnieri 

Bacopa Monnieri is a herb, most known for usage in Ayurveda for many reasons - from improving memory to reducing anxiety. [5

It is an adaptogen herb, which means it helps you combat stress. As you probably know, stress causes physical and psychological changes in the body and can be really harmful, especially in the long term. 

Adaptogen herbs, such as Bacopa, may help at fighting those damaging effects. [6

Supplementing Bacopa can help you relax and boost your attention so you can focus much better on the tasks you're working on instead of feeling too anxious to even start.


Citicoline is a pretty powerful nootropic and essential for stacks meant for studying. 

The reason for that is that it promotes memory formation and improves concentration, which is crucial when learning. 

Not only is it effective for cognitive functioning, but it is also beneficial for long term brain health and may also positively impact your mood and makes you less tired. [7]

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion's Mane Mushroom is a nootropic that is mainly beneficial for our brain, gut, and heart. 

Its effects don't necessarily show in the short-term; however, since you spend at least a few years studying, it is smart to add it in your routine. 

It is most known for its antidepressant properties and for helping fight neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia. 

It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it is very beneficial for our overall health, not just our cognition and mood. [8]

Nootropics Study Stack

The issue with single nootropics is that you have to do a lot of research to combine those that will work the best for what you need. 

Moreover, many online sites offer them, and many of them are not using the highest quality ones, which may result in you spending tons of money on less efficient supplements. 

The power of quality nootropic stacks is that the process of choosing the right one for you saves you a lot of time. At the same time, you also can save some money if buying the stacks that have some reviews from people claiming that the supplement delivers on its promises. This way you don't have to experiment so much and order tons of nootropics just to find the right. 

When it comes to studying, many stacks are too complex or contain some ingredients that you don't actually need. 

  Our Recommendation 

When studying, you want to be as focused as possible; you probably want to sharpen your attention, so you don't drift away during lectures. 

You want to improve your memory so you'll memorize the things you're learning about. We wanted to create a stack that would help you with these. 

Performer was designed to give you a long-lasting focus and enough mental & physical energy so you can stay in your flow. 

It also improves your productivity, which means you can complete your tasks in a shorter time. 

Also, there probably are times where you have some really long and/or tedious lectures, and when you think about them, your energy levels decrease. Our Performer was created to give you an instant boost in energy so you can tackle the important and challenging tasks no matter the boringness of the task or lectures.

Maya Andoljsek

Head Of Nutrition At STAQ Performance

Maja Andoljsek, BSc in Sports Science and Nutrition, has been researching nutrition, supplements, and coaching people for years. As a certified coach and nutritionist, she has helped hundreds of people improve their cognitive performance, physical performance, and overall health.


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