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October 5, 2006 9:45 PM

How to keep your stress level to a minimum?

Hi everyone~I'm sure after the first wave of midterms, you are all quite stressed out and somewhat relieved. Midterm seasons at Berkeley come and go but no one can deny that they can get quite tulmultous. I remember how i used to get so worked up right before a midterm when I was a freshman. And I still get nervous, but from my past three years of exam preparation experience, I now know how to prevent my stress level from exploding and spiralling away.
My most sincere piece of advice to everyone is to be diligent and look over your lecture notes EVERY week instead of the day before the midterm. Although it has been emphasized to the point of being hackneyed, preparation is really one of the main components to academic success at Cal. And it is very important to discover what type of studying strategies work for you. For example, I sometimes study better in cafes rather than at the library and I can concentrate better at night. Also, I find that studying with my friends and classmates relieves pressure and gives me a chance to interact and learn from them. But if you ever find yourself stressed from too much studying and in desperate need for an outlet, you could try the RSF..^^..or simply take a long walk on campus. You might even discover how graceful and pretty the campus can be around autumn. Finally, I suggest that within the immediate hours before each midterm, you take a deep breath and have confidance in yourself! Because hard work and tenacity always pays off ~_~
I hope these suggestions will help you in your next round of midterms....good luck!!

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