As we come upon the halfway point of the semester, we start to scramble to study for midterms, complete group projects, and hand in homework assignments on time…known as the time for little sleep and large amounts of coffee. We become overstressed, concerned with what times of the day will be spend working on what, and tend to focus on the negative.
At times, we just need positive guidance to remember to do one thing at a time and do it with a clear mind. Time management is also a key factor to success and making a list of priorities can help keep you in check of what is the most important task at hand. Stress will only cloud your thinking and make you more frustrated. Strive to take 5-10 minute breaks, whether you want to sit in silence and watch the sunset or find a funny video on YouTube that will give you a good laugh.
If you know that studying in your dorm room will make you distracted by your friends, find a place in the library where you can work in a silent atmosphere. If you’re nervous about your midterm and think studying by yourself won’t help you learn the material, ask someone in your class if he/she wants to get together. Don’t feel like you’re the only one in class who finds the material challenging. Chances are, if you feel that way, others will too!
Eating healthy during midterms can also be a challenge. We tend to resort to junk food while studying to calm our nerves, which can lead to overeating. When you sit down to study, have fruit or nuts/almonds at your side to snack on. Limiting your options will help tremendously.
One of the most important things to find time for is…SLEEP! Pulling an all-nighter is not healthy for your body because your brain needs to rest while you sleep. It is important to know when to stop studying and go to bed-listen to your brain when it tells you it needs rest.
But overall, take a deep breath and keep your head up! Having a positive outlook is EVERYTHING!