‘Tis the season to be… stressed?

stressed frogIt’s that time of year when everything happens at once:  assignments to finish, exams to study for, and Christmas just around the corner! It can be difficult to balance the end-of-semester rush with your personal life and stay calm and healthy. Here are some tips and resources to help you get the most out of your study time and stay on top of your stress!

1. Time management time mgmt for dummes

Even if you have five exams this semester, you can manage it! Schedule when you are going to study for each one, and make sure you give yourself enough time to learn the material. Don’t schedule all your time away though; give yourself time for fun activities and for unexpected road bumps.  Ebook: Successful Time Management for Dummies 

2. Know what works for you: location study skills

Do you study best with classmates? Do you need absolute silence to get anything done? Both of these, and everything in between, are valid ways to study. Know what environment you need to learn and find it. For example, at the library you can book study rooms or use the silent spaces. Book:  College Reading and Study Skills

3. Know what works for you: strategies  

There are as many ways to study as there are students! Maybe rereading your notes helps you learn, or maybe you need to make practice questions. Other methods include having someone quiz you, drawing diagrams linking information together, rewriting your notes, and reading textbooks or notes out loud. Book: Study Skills: A Student’s Guide to Survival

4. Before each exam… test-taking stragies
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before your exams, and if they’re in the morning set alarms give yourself enough time arrive even if there is snow on the roads. Eat a healthy meal beforehand. Finally, be prepared with your materials; some items you may want to bring besides a pen are a calculator, tissues, water bottle, and extra pens in case yours runs dry! E-book: Test Taking Strategies 

5. Stay healthy: keep your body working

Even though you may feel like you don’t have enough time to maintain healthy habits in December, it is even more important to do so when you are working hard as a student. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night to help you focus during the day, drink lots of water, and choose fruits and vegetables over chips and candy while studying. It’s also important to stay active; take breaks from sitting at your desk to walk around and stretch. Watch this video about stress management for more ideas.

6. Stay healthy: keep your mind working

When you are busy studying and finishing assignments, take time for yourself as well. If you work too hard or too much, you will burn out and not be able to focus. Spend time with family and friends to take your mind off school work for a bit and do something fun to energize yourself. Make time for your hobbies so not all your time alone is spent with a textbook or computer. Here are some tips for managing anxiety from the University of Alberta.

7. Ask for help

There are lots of people you can talk to on campus that can help you with many aspects of your education. Talk to a librarian at the research help desk for research and citation help. The Learning Centre has tutors and coordinators to help you with math, science, English, ESL, and studying. The college also has counselling services if you want to talk to someone about personal, emotional, or academic problems.

8. Believe in yourself

We believe in you! You are able to succeed, and before you know it, the semester will be over! More books from our catalog about studying effectively:

 

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