My Favorite Studying Tips
How to Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Wellness While Studying
This semester is flying by! I can’t believe we are almost halfway there. After spending 3 ½ years at UNH, I have always thought that the fall semester seems to drag and the spring semester flies by so quickly. Even though we are getting more daylight and warmer weather each day (which is so awesome), I’m sure you are starting to feel a little bit dread like myself. With the semester being almost halfway over, this means we are quickly coming up on midterms and finals pretty soon…
Ugh, I know.
For one week we will be having a lot of late nights studying for exams, and early mornings for finishing group projects all while going to our normal classes and club meetings. Even though we don’t have to study a full semester's worth of material like we do for finals week, I would make the argument that midterms are just as (if not more) overwhelming as finals. At least with finals we don’t have to go to our normal classes. So after having experienced seven semesters worth of midterms, today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks to take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing while studying for midterms!
Get up and MOVE! This one seems like a no brainer, but think of all the times that you sit down to study, write a paper, or do an assigned reading; and you end up sitting there for hours on end without getting up because you fell into “the zone”. Although this level of extreme productivity is great, it's not so great for your physical health. So I recommend that you try the 50:10 rule. It’s something that I swear by to not only keep myself feeling good, but also maximize my productivity. Basically, you work for 50 minutes straight with minimal distraction. Put your phone away, put your laptop on Do Not Disturb, and try to avoid talking to your friends every 30 seconds. Then at the end of the 50 minutes, take 10 minutes to get up and move. Do some light stretches or some squats to get the blood flowing. Use this time to check your phone so you are still connected with the world, and even feel free to take a little walk. When I started using this model during my sophomore year, I would always use a timer on my phone to make sure I was following it honestly. Now it is just a habit!
Take a deep breath! During midterms, we all have higher levels of stress than normal. This can make us more likely to be very emotionally reactive when something frustrating happens. Think of it like this, you are super stressed for a huge paper you have. You go to plug in your laptop to charge, but for some reason it isn’t working. So your instinct reaction is to blow up and throw your laptop out the window. Be honest, we’ve all reacted like this before. Instead of pushing through and continuing to work, take this reaction as a sign that your body is trying to tell you to take a break! Listen to your body and take a few deep breaths, go for a walk, and clear your head. Even if you do this for only a few minutes, you are going to give yourself the time to cool down and practice some mindfulness. Just exist for a few minutes.
Remember your snacks! When it comes to midterms or finals, I love to snack! It’s most likely because of all the extra calories that I am burning from studying late at night and running around campus all day to still go to classes. So my final tip is to remember your snacks! Instead of fueling yourself with Poptarts, chips, and candy; snack on some fruit, trail mix, or granola! These are snacks that are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They will help you feel satisfied and full of good energy. When you leave the dining hall after breakfast, just grab a banana or apple on your way out to have later in the day.
Although there are so many other tips that I would love to share, I think these are the most important ones to follow. Remember these midterms are different, we are doing them in a pandemic. So practice a little extra patience and kindness with yourself and others. We will get through this together! #UNHTogether