It’s perfectly normal for college students to feel a little crazy around exam season.
But as quickly as it comes, it will soon be gone. Here are some quick tips for managing your sanity this time of year:
Start Studying Early
Besides avoiding any pre-exam procrastination panic, starting your studies earlier will help you retain more information. That’s because when you cram the night before, almost nothing gets stored in your long-term memory. It’s more difficult for your brain to take in large amounts of information at once than over longer periods of time.
Take Care of Your Body
Exercise. Working out will get the blood flowing to your brain and help with focus, clarity, memory, and motivation. It’s an amazing stress-reliever for both your body and mind due to the natural release of feel-good chemicals. You should also be eating foods high in protein and low in simple carbs to give your brain plenty to work with. Not only will you perform better, but you’ll feel much better overall.
Anxiety doesn’t serve us like it once did. Nothing will eat you if you don’t pass this test and stressing out for weeks on end usually doesn’t help in any way. Practice letting go of negative emotions by giving yourself some time everyday to clear your mind. Take a long shower, bath, or get a massage. Burn some sage and listen to pan flute music when your roommates are out. Give yourself a chance to be present, breathe, and remind yourself that everything will be okay in the end.