March 4, 2008 9:32 PM
Stress is in the air. With midterms and papers due, it's difficult to avoid it. I remember my first year in college, I got so stressed out when my first set of midterms kicked in. However, I've found ways to manage my stress as the years past. One fellow PAL mentioned excellent ways of managing your stress. I'll try and tackle ways of minimizing it through prevention (if that makes sense).
Time management. Managing your time can help you avoid the cram sessions and all-nighters which can bring on the stress. You can do this by using a planner and jotting down all your exam and project due dates. Schedule your time so that you start studying at least a week beforehand instead of the day before. Also, make sure to review your notes after each lecture. This helps you keep on top of things by giving you plenty of time to ask questions to your professor or GSI. It can really help you understand the material better and prevent you from freaking out because you don't know anything that will be on the exam. Also, you'll be able to understand what your GSI is saying during their review sessions.
Try to maintain a manageable workload for future semesters. If you have more semesters at Berkeley ahead of you, try to analyze your workload right now. Do you feel that you'll be able to handle the same amount next semester? If not, try toning down the number of units to take (keep in mind the minimum units required). I know this sounds a bit obnoxious considering the fact that the Fall Semester is far away, but you should consider this when your Telebears appointment comes up.
As a side note, remember not to stress out after you've taken your exams or turned in your papers. Don't think about how horrible you did and keep positive. It's not healthy for you to be stressing before and after each exam/project. This is only the beginning and you'll have plenty of other chances to improve.
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