College and Studying Nootropic Stack

We’ve recently had a ton of requests for a good nootropic stack for students that can help with studying and performing on exams.

Naturally, there’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet, exercise, and proper sleep. However, nootropics may be able to provide that extra edge. This example stack of nootropics is designed for long-term brain optimization, as well as short-term performance enhancement.

Nootropic Stack for Students


  • Controlled Labs Orange Triad: Multivitamin
    3 tablets, twice per day.
    Benefits: Improved mental function and well-being, and a general health improvement that many people overlook.
  • NutriGold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold
    1 capsule per day.
    Benefits: Improved mental and overall body function. Studies link omega-3 supplementation with improved mood and increased overall brain function.
  • L-Theanine
    200 mg daily.
    Benefits: Greatly improves focus, puts you into a relaxed, meditative type state. If you drink coffee or take caffeine tablets (highly recommended with this stack for studying or test taking), it will reduce all of the jittery side effects of caffeine leaving you with a pure, clean focus. It’s also great if you know you aren’t going to get a perfect night’s sleep. Take a cap of theanine before you go to bed, and you’ll wake up less fatigued and in a much better mood. Saved many of my days where I would have slept through class because of a crappy sleep schedule. Learn more about L-theanine.
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom
    500–1000 mg of the above extract daily.
    Benefits: This is one of the most potent enhancers of Nerve Growth Factor around, a protein that plays a role in creating new brain cells. This means that you are not just getting a quick boost but are actually potentially improving the overall structure of your brain. Learn more about Lion’s Mane.
  • Ashwagandha Powder
    300–600 mg daily.
    Benefits: This is a unique herb that raises your body’s natural defenses and tolerances to stress. Defense against stress does wonders for the college student that’s under pressure. Learn more about ashwagandha.
  • Pramiracetam
    300–600 mg daily, split into one or two doses.
    Benefits: This is a strong memory booster that helps you retain more information and may work as a potent study aid. Learn more about pramiracetam.
  • Alpha GPC
    300–600 mg daily.
    Benefits: Boosts acetylcholine levels in the brain, the neurotransmitter in your brain that is largely responsible for memory and other cognitive functions. Alpha GPC is a heavy hitter and synergizes well with the rest of this stack. It may increase your memory and focus, and is usually recommended to take along with racetams (like pramiracetam, above) in order to maximize their effects and to reduce the chance of any minor side effects such as headaches. Learn more about alpha GPC.

Non-Daily (as a study stack and for exams)

  • Vinpocetine
    20–30 mg before a test.
    Benefits: This is a neurovasodilator that is extremely capable of increasing your memory capabilities. Taking it before a test is ideal because it increases blood flow to your brain, thus increasing the effects of all the other nootropics in this stack as well as letting you reach the deepest, most important parts of your brain with ease. It will quicken recall and deepen thought, making it ideal for test-taking. Learn more about vinpocetine.
  • Caffeine
    Dose: 100 mg
    Benefits: Caffeine synergizes well with other racetams and will give you a boost of mental energy to help you focus and perform. You can brew your own delicious, powerful coffee such as  Kicking Horse Kick Ass Dark, Whole Bean Coffee, but caffeine tablets are often more convenient. When taking caffeine supplements, it is highly recommended to take them along with L-theanine to take the jittery edge off, leaving you with a cool and collected focus.

With the addition of one of the following racetams, depending on what works best for you and/or depending on the topic of study:

  • Oxiracetam
    750 mg on days when I do logical learning, such as math or economics.
    Benefits: HUGE boost to literal and logic-based thinking, making math and other number based concepts come easy. Learn more about oxiracetam.
  • Aniracetam
    750 mg on days I do figurative and creative thinking, such as English or writing.
    Benefits: Huge boost to creative and figurative type thinking. Creative and artistic type thinking comes so easy and ideas flow freely. Learn more about aniracetam.
  • Noopept
    10–20 mg on cram days, up to three times a day, when I need extreme focus for studying.
    Benefits: Noopept is a very potent nootropic. It creates an unparalleled focus along with a whole host of other benefits. Ideas flow more freely, mood is elevated, and you can focus on the task at hand. Its effects are felt almost immediately. Learn more about Noopept.

This might seem a little overwhelming if you’re new to nootropics. You can also review our beginner’s guide to stacking for a more basic approach on how to get started with nootropics.

If you prefer to use a “ready-made” preformulated nootropic stack, we recommend you check out the highly recommended Mind Lab Pro (click here for our review) for a convenient alternative to building your own stack from scratch.

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