At this point in the semester, all of our courses are in full swing and midterms are either coming up incredibly quickly or are already upon us. For me personally, I started stressing out when I was given my first essay assignment. It seemed that I would have such a long stretch before it was due, but now that it’s already October I’ve realized that when you have essays and midterms in every class, the time you thought you had isn’t that much after all.
So to help you out, I’ve decided to dole out some studying/ procrastination tips that have helped me in the past, and will hopefully be my saving grace in this midterm season to come.
- Make a plan. Figure out what has to be completed/learned and plan it out so that you know what you have to do each day. This will help you make sure that you’re actually covering everything.
- Start everything ahead of time! You all probably know this one and have heard it a hundred times, but it’s so important. I know I am not the only one who has a tendency to procrastinate until the final days before a due date or the exam. But because of this, I always end up scrambling around trying to finish/prep for everything. Also, remember to use your time wisely. Work a bit on your projects/studying everyday and it won’t seem like such an overload. This not only makes your life easier, but studying something over a period of time will stick much better than cramming it all in a few nights before (or the night before).
- Rewards! Offer yourself a reward for getting a certain amount of work done. Whether it’s some form of candy or a fancy drink from a coffee shop, if you have something to look forward to then you may have more determination to get the work done. This will help ward of the procrastination.
- Get rid of all distractions, and I mean it. Turn off your phone or computer’s Wi-Fi and hide yourself away in a quiet area.
- Review your subjects in different ways. Make detailed notes with different colours, make flash cards, quiz yourself, read out loud, or create a song using the information you need to know. Change it up so your brain isn’t just repeating the same thing. Looking at your subject through a different technique can help you remember better. More techniques include:
- Write short notes and sticking them up around your house so you see them and can read them whenever.
- Make connections between your information and things in your day-to-day life so you can relate them back during the test.
- Study in groups or try to teach someone else.
- Make a study guide.
- Use your resources. If you don’t understand something, use the resources that you have in your home or the ones Concordia has to offer. From the endless books in the library, to the staff, there is always something or someone who can help. The librarians are always willing and I’m sure your professors have recommended coming to them for advice. You can also talk to your peers or search something up on the Internet.
- But most importantly, take breaks! Take time to relax and de-stress. Midterms and finals are probably our most stressful periods at school and excessive stress can cause so many problems for both physical and mental health. Forcing yourself to work when you’re too stressed is just a distraction in itself. If you’ve been sitting at your desk for hours upon hours, and nothing more is going into your brain, or if you’ve gotten to the point of pure frustration then take a moment, or a few moments. Relax a bit, go for a walk or watch some Netflix, whatever it is you do to de-stress. So go get those projects done and those subjects studied. Good luck to everyone!