We all know it needs to happen… You need to study for that upcoming exam. But we also know that you don’t want to. There are a thousand other things you would rather be doing. You could be planning for spring break, hitting the gym, walking the dog, or even watching paint dry. You would literally rather be doing anything.
Unfortunately, usually exams do take up a portion of your grade that actually matters. So here’s five things that you should avoid when you have an upcoming exam.
- Over-caffeinating: Don’t rely solely on that Starbucks or Kickstart. Drinking too much caffeine can make you feel physically sick. It also can make you distracted. So don’t drink more caffeine than you normally do.
- Junk food: Put down the Dominos and Doritos. Remember to stock up on healthy snacks when you start studying for hours on end. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, grab some fruits, veggies, or pretzels.
- All-nighters and cramming: Don’t lose too much sleep. While you want to be as prepared as possible, spending too much time looking at course material before an exam may cause an overload and make you second guess yourself. Make sure to get enough sleep by managing your time and anxiety.
- Over-socialization: Studying with your best friend or significant other may seem like a great way to compromise your time, but chances are you’ll get distracted. Don’t go out until after all of your exams are completed and papers submitted. Likewise, don’t join study groups with under-motivated people.
- Netflix, Hulu, etc.: Just block the website and get rid of the app.
You don’t need to make yourself miserable over those upcoming exams, next time you’re on campus check out resources around campus that can help provide you with study tips. Also check out physical and mental health services on campus.
To get organized for all of those papers and presentations that you have coming up, make an appointment with our Business Communications Office.