With midterms just around the corner, everyone is frantically trying to make up for the lack of school work done from the first month of school. This leads many of us to give up our old routine of working out and staying healthy to cram from tests, projects, or presentations. Although it’s clearly obvious that staying on track from the start will help to prevent this, we can’t help but all get a little caught off guard when your prof announces that you have a midterm fast approaching. TSS is here to help you with some useful tips to make sure you stay on track while being engrossed in one of the busiest times of the semester!
Create a plan for every topic you wish to achieve; working out, studying, relaxation, eating and sleeping. It’s super important to have a plan, as you will be much less stressed when you make time for the important things. This also makes it easy to still get your workout in and/or healthy meal.
Obviously staying hydrated should be your top priority no matter what your circumstances but sometimes we get lost in the sauce (aka our schoolwork) and grabbing a sip of water just doesn’t cross our mind. Make it a routine, maybe take a sip after each page read or every 15 minutes. Keeping it on the table or desk next to you while you’re working will also help to remind you to get yo sip on.
You might be tired and worn out after hours (maybe days) of studying for midterms, and then comes the need for a cup ‘o joe. Try and prevent yourself from drinking too much caffeine as this could cause restlessness/trouble sleeping, dehydration, inflammation and will only make it more troublesome for studying. If you feel the need for caffeine try going for a cup of green tea. This is a more natural way to provide your caffeine fix and also aids in the replenishing of your fluid intake.
Don’t forget that fueling your body with good food and nutrients, as it is important in energizing your body. Try to eat multiple small healthy meals throughout the day. Don’t wait until your body tells you you’re hungry because by this time you will most likely already have a headache and have lost focus. Taking a daily vitamin is also important, this will provide you with the nutrients to prevent getting sick or worn down.
Saving time for a quick workout or some type of physical activity is vital for productive studying, it increases your memory-storing gear. It also helps to reduce stress and helps you sleep. Try waking up an hour earlier than normal to get your workout in, this is also proven to make you more productive throughout the day.
We all love it so why don’t we ever get enough? If you plan your day accordingly you should get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. You want to be well rested for the next day, whether it involves a whole lot of classes, an exam, or another day at the library. Sleep is important for giving your body energy, improving memory, and lowering stress.
Photos by Annie Fisher (Wisconsin '19) and Sarah Pfeiffer (Wisconsin '19)