1. Manage your time. Look at your calendar and plan your study sessions in accordance to the dates of your deadlines. This seems obvious, but it can help to have your week in front of you in a visual format. It makes things seem real and sometimes more doable. Schedule time to study, exercise and sleep.
4. Outsmart your inner procrastinator. During my late night sessions at the library I always head straight to the “quiet floor.” The lower levels of our library are designed for students to study in groups and they tend to get loud during midterms and finals week. However, on the quiet floor it is easy to find space to be alone. I would advise you to bring headphones to help you zone into your studies. I also like to use a website called 8tracks (www.8tracks.com). This site works well for me because you can specifically go in and search for playlists that users have created for studying. The key words you can search for are truly endless: study+classical, study+instrumental, study+chill, study+relax, study+upbeat, etc.
6. Remember to take care of yourself. Your body and your mind need to work together for you to recall the information you’ve learned (or crammed). If you can schedule the time, go exercise. Try to work in a yoga class or a spin class or even just a run. Give your mind a break from excessive thinking and help your muscles release some of the tension from hours of sitting at a desk.
Try to make healthy choices for your body. We know that energy drinks and carbonation are not the best choices, and too much coffee will dehydrate your body. Try sipping on lemon water, or green tea. You’ll be able to stay focused and hydrated and you’ll avoid the crash that energy drinks and coffee can cause. Also, if you have the time, take a power nap. Sleep deprivation will only intensify any stress or anxiety that you’re feeling.
Good luck! Study with your sisters, breathe and smile! The stress is temporary.
Alexandria Hudson is a collegiate member at the Gamma Eta chapter (North Texas). Read her bio here.