It’s that time of year again! Midterms are upon us and you know what that means…stress, stress, and more stress. You’re trying to balance studying, doing homework and projects, while also trying to stay involved on campus. Here are some tips on how to get through the madness:
- Sleep is important for keeping your energy levels high. In order to get through your midterms you need to make sure you are getting the sleep you need to function properly throughout each day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night (2016). If you don’t catch those Z’s, you won’t be able to focus the way you should. Only you know how many hours of sleep you need a night, so don’t let your body suffer.
- Plan ahead and don’t cram a large amount of studying for all of your exams into a 2-day period. Write down in your planner or calendar when each exam is scheduled for so you can plan on which exam you will study for on that particular day. It’s a very effective way to make sure you stay organized and to make sure you do well on your midterms.
- Take breaks when necessary. If you study for 12 hours straight, you are more than likely going to burn yourself out. Come into the Off-Campus Student Services office on Wednesdays from 9AM-10AM to enjoy free coffee, go work out and blow off some steam, and take advantage of UConn’s Health and Wellness “Time Out’s” that include pet therapy or free massages; anything that will refresh your mind to power through the rest of the week.
- Fuel yourself with healthy foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to ensure that you will have enough energy to get you through each day. The worst thing you could do to your body is to not eat at all because you’re too busy studying. The Commuter Lounge located in the Student Union Room 108 has microwaves and refrigerators for commuters to store your food in for the day. It is extremely unhealthy to go all day without eating anything and who wants to hear someone’s stomach growling in the middle of an exam?
Exams can be overwhelming and you might not feel like you have time for any of these things, but you need to take care of your mind and body during these stressful times. Good luck on midterms everyone, you will get through it! Go Huskies!
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