The April issue of Student Health Magazine features my advice to students who are getting stressed while preparing for midterms and final exams.
You can read an online version of the article, “Countdown to Finals.” and my advice:
Suzanne Raga, a 2011 graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey and author of You Rock! How to Be a Star Student and Still Have Fun, adds that you should always “go to any optional review sessions that professors have, especially before an exam.” They’re sure to go over material that will be on the test, so make a point to attend these.
Your inclination may be to run on no sleep, stop working out, and eat out of vending machines, but keep in mind that the better you take care of yourself physically, the better you’ll be able to perform mentally.
“If you’re stressed out, run down, grumpy, and not exercising, you simply can’t perform as well on your exams,” Raga says. “A lot of my peers made the mistake of locking themselves in their rooms to study, pulling all-nighters, and not socializing for weeks on end before an exam. Although finals are definitely important—and a large part of your grade—they are not worth losing your sleep, social life, and sanity.”