The first few weeks of school are usually pretty easy and stress-free. Then October hits. Assignment after assignment, midterm after midterm. Every 3 days you either have a paper due or a midterm worth 30%. There are sleepless nights and endless amounts of caffeine. You feel like you’re never going to get everything done on time, and in the slight chance you do, the mark you receive won’t even be worth it. Every second you don’t spend doing homework feels like a waste. I don’t have time to eat dinner this paper’s due in 4 hours. I can just catch up on sleep once I write this midterm. Although these may seem like the only options during this stressful time of the school year, these are not the only, nor the best route to take.
Put down down your textbooks and take 30 minutes to watch your favourite TV show, or play a couple card games with friends. Eat snacks while studying and make sure you’re eating 3 proper meals a day. Trade in a cup of coffee for a glass of water every once in a while. You need to take care of yourself, especially in such stressful times. You won’t be able to function properly without sleep and food. You may think you’re better off studying than sleeping the night before a midterm, but the amount of information you will retain in these last few hours will not be nearly as much as you hope for. Plus what good does studying all night do if you fall asleep during the test?
Remember that you are not alone in these stressful times. Everyone else has a million things due this week and only 24 hours a day. Talk to your friends and classmates, make study dates and schedule breaks. Try not to stress about everything you have to get done, and rather just start tackling the first task on your list. Keep up with your studies but not push yourself to hard. Do your best and everything will work out. Good luck!