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May 7, 2008 11:26 AM

Hang in There!

I’m sitting at the library, sifting thought powerpoint lectures, trying to cram the information into my head as I prepare for my three midterms at the end of this week. Looking outside the window at the blue sky, I cannot help but think how great summer will be when I can finally take a breather. “Not till after next week” I tell myself, as I know that I cannot leave Berkeley without first getting through midterms…and then finals.


If you’re like me, making trip after trip to the library, or spending endless nights studying at your desk, you can understand how physically and emotionally stressful the end of the semesters are. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it, but there are ways that we can get through it.

Sleep: It seems counterintuitive to “waste time” being unconscious, especially when you could be using that time to cram more information into your brain. Give your body and mind a chance to rest so you can perform well on the day of the actual test.

Eat right: Especially when we’re stressed, those greasy, fried foods appear even more appetizing. However, stress can increase the body’s need for certain nutrients and can weaken the immune system, so it is a good idea to eat healthier foods to stay focused, alert and strong against potential colds/flu’s.

Keep Organized: Listing and outlining your schedule of tests can help you plan when you need to work on something. I find it helpful to make a daily list of tasks that state what and how much I need to study for a certain class. This way, I set mini goals for myself that are more attainable and actually get done.

Take a break: Sitting and staring at the screen is probably not going to get much done. If you’re stuck, or feel exhausted, it is ok to walk around a bit, to go outside and get some fresh air. This can help to regenerate your body and mind.

As always, if you have any other concerns regarding studying tips or worry about what you will do over the summer, feel free to visit the PALs at our office hours. We’re here to help you get through this difficult time, so if you need a listening ear or someone to vent to, our doors are open!

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