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How to alleviate stress during midterms

By Kristen McLaughlin

For all of the diligent students stressing out over the challenges that the middle of the semester presents, there is hope.

Resources are available at Texas State University Round Rock Campus to help students make it through with success. Some of these include the Writing Center, the RRC library, the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) and activities to take a break from the stress of it all.

SLAC is offering a test preparation and test taking strategy session today (March 1) from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Avery, 419. If you want to take a break from academic writing and learn how to write creatively, the Writing Center  is also hosting a Creative Writing Workshop March 6, April 10, and April 12 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Avery, 419. The Writing Center is located in Avery, room 202, and offers a variety of resources to students at Texas State RRC.

Overall, this type of writing can be a stress reliever, as the writer has the freedom to write about anything rather than on a specified topic,” Writing Center Coordinator Chris Muse said.

When it comes to midterms and getting through the semester, Muse said the key is to relieve stress as much as possible.

“Midterms can be rather stressful and the best advice I can give to students is to remember that these mid-year assignments are only as stressful as we make them,” Muse said. “The reason why this time of the year can be so overwhelming is usually a result from how we allow the stress to take control.  Mainly, this originates from having to cut study time in half as students are required to devote their focus to more than one subject.”

Muse has two key tips that can help students get through midterms:

  • Tip #1-Don’t Procrastinate. One effective method that helps alleviate stress is to organize the amount of work the students have for each midterm.  Here’s how to do that: try not to wait until the last minute.  Procrastination is a key factor of stress and only intensifies as time expires.  Make note cards NOW, review class notes NOW, and begin research for a paper NOW!  The information the professor adds in lecture from this point on should be implemented into daily study sessions that lead up to the exam. Students who wait to study ALL of their notes instead of breaking it in 1-2 hour review sessions every day result in “all night cram sessions.”  This type of “studying” is more harmful than it is beneficial, as students tend to rely on this method more often than they should.
  • Tip #2-Take care of yourself and make time to do what you enjoy. Another piece of advice I have for students is to remember to take time off from studying.  Make time for exercise, community events, sleep and nutrition!  Junk food and caffeinated drinks are wise to avoid a few days prior to the exam day.  This type of eating will take a physical toll on your mental stamina. Remember, if the body is deprived, then the mind will be less focused and alert.

And don’t forget Spring Break is just around the corner! Spring break is March 10-18, a nice deserving break for students! It is also a good time to catch up on school work without the stress of class. For more information about Texas State RRC and resources available, visit http://www.rrc.txstate.edu.

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