Mid-term season is upon us for better or for worse! Below are some ideas to help you study better and to also stress-less.
- Figure out your schedule. Use a print-out calendar to denote exactly when all of your projects are due and when your exams are. This will help you figure out when to study for what and how much time you have to study for each.
- Utilize office hours and email! If you are unsure of anything related to a project, paper, or test, ask your professor or the TA. Your professors want you to succeed, so don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on something you are unsure of.
- Study in blocks with short breaks in between and start studying early. The best way to remember something is to work on it over time. Study your notes after every class so you are not trying to cram things in at the last minute. Also try studying in blocks. Study for 30-45 minutes, then take a short 5-minute break to stretch, get a drink of water, etc. This will help you from zoning out when you are focused on only one thing for an extended period of time.
- Eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep. No matter how much you study, if you are tired when you take your test or try to write a paper, it will show. Try to aim for at least 6-8 hours a night. Or fit in a 20-minute nap when possible. Also aim to eat at least a few serving of fruit and vegetables every day. Sugar and high processed foods slow down the body and leave you feeling sluggish, which won’t help your retention when studying.
- Feeling overwhelmed? Go for a brief walk! Being stuck inside all day and staring at computers can be draining. Even just a quick 5-minute walk outside can help you feel better and ready to tackle the rest of your schedule.