Before Midterms- You need to read this.


Uplifting / Saturday, February 10th, 2018

For anyone who is about to or is currently studying for midterms, please read this from one student to another. During this sometimes stressful time, all we need to hear are some simple words of encouragement.

Mind Over Matter

I have my midterm for accounting today and as I sit and wait for the time to come to write my midterm, many thoughts come to mind. I’d thought I would share these thoughts with all of you for anyone in exam/midterm season feeling down or stressed. The first thing I would like to talk about is mind over matter. As I lay in my bed I realized I have 2 choices. I can choose to either stress out and think about the worst-case scenario or I can tell myself that I can do it. When I think of this it makes me realize how silly it is to be thinking negatively when it will do nothing but upset myself. Why do we make ourselves think this way when we can instead think positively and invoke happiness and instill peace in our minds? This is easier said than done, however when you feel this way too, think of it this way. Regardless of how you do on this exam, it will not define you. You are smart no matter what. You can always re-take a class, or change your major. You can always change your course in life and its okay to not do well. However, it’s not about that, it’s about believing that no matter the outcome you did your best. When I think of it this way I remember to choose positivity instead because regardless of the outcome I am proud of who I am and this way of thinking will only give back positive outcomes. So, take a deep breath and believe in yourself – this too will pass.

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Study Tips and Stress Relief

I also think of the tips I have for my younger self before coming to University, and these tips may even help you if you already are in university or college. When studying, don’t compare yourself to others. I always did this and it took me a long time to love my own mind and realize that I will excel in some areas of learning but I will also take longer to grasp concepts than others- and that’s okay! The other tip I have for studying is to make a study plan, work the plan and don’t procrastinate. I will leave behind the boring classic study tips and instead will give you my next 2 essential tips: listen to rainy jazz while studying and use peppermint and lemon essential oils. These have honestly changed my life. Rainy jazz blocks out the noise and relaxes you all while not distracting you. As for the peppermint and lemon, they have been proven to increase memory and concentration. Lastly, when feeling stressed I always look back to this powerful quote: “Everything you are stressing about today, a year from now won’t even matter”.

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My last most essential tip to help you get through this exam season is simple. Love yourself and take care of yourself. Exams have built a culture around unhealthy sleep and eating, don’t let yourself be a part of it. Your body and mind are important and you will learn and memorize more if you take care of it. And make sure to reach out if you are feeling down, I know I have felt sad and overwhelmed around exams, however, having a good support system and knowing who to turn to is needed during this season. And don’t forget, you can do it! Regardless of if you think you can’t, you will keep going, like you always do.

 

 

Under ‘resources’ on the main page of our site, you will find helpful study apps as well as more support numbers. Remember it is okay to reach out! 🙂

Ontario Online and Text Crisis and Distress Service (ONTX)
Text 741741 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily
Twenty-four-hour distress and crisis lines: 416-408-HELP (4357)

Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline
630-482-9696
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.spsamerica.org

TeenLine
(310) 855-HOPE (4673)
(800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (U.S. and Canada only)
Or text TEEN to 839863
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time, every night
https://teenlineonline.org

Depression and Bipolar Support 
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.dbsalliance.org

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8 Replies to “Before Midterms- You need to read this.”

    1. Thank you so much Engele! I think it is so important for students to have the encouragement that I have needed at times, and I feel it will mean a lot more to students coming from someone who is one. 🙂

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