Friday, December 12, 2014

Tis’ the Season of Exams

It’s that time of the year when every UTSC student goes into hibernation mode. Someone is keeping warm with a blanket and studying, while others are stocking up on caffeine and energy drinks.  There is no doubt that final exam season is stressful and we are all striving to do our best. It is important to work hard to achieve the grades you want, but it is also just as important to take care of yourself during this busy time. Read on for some tips on how to stay healthy and get through this exam season!

Stay Healthy

It is quite common for students to indulge in late night snacks to fulfill the unnecessary cravings that come along with stress. However, you need to have good health in order to be able to score well on your exams. Try to eat a balanced diet that provides you with all the nutrients you need to function throughout the day. Although caffeine and energy drinks may provide you with a temporary “energy boost,” in my experience, warm drinks like tea, help alleviate stress and calm the nerves down.

Take Breaks

Some students go into intense study mode for an extended period of time. This may not be a very good idea because you won’t be able to retain all the information and will get very tired and lethargic by the end of it. Studying productively is a skill that every undergraduate student must develop. It is very important to take breaks between lengthy periods of studying. Treat yourself to an episode of your favorite show, or go for a walk with a friend. Positive reinforcement can be a great way to make studying a healthy learning experience.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water while studying. Draining out your energy during studying can result in dehydration which may have negative effects on your health. Have a water bottle next to you at all times and take water with you to the exam. Water can help overcome nervousness and make you feel good on the inside.

Stay Warm

Remember to stay warm and bundle up when going outside in this extremely cold weather. The last thing you want for yourself is to catch a cold, while having to write your exams! 
I know it can be very stressful, but I have faith that all of you will pull through this tough time. Follow these tips and all the chaos will hopefully become easier to deal with.

 Good Luck Studying and Happy Holidays!

-Ayesha Haq

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