Our Guide For Surviving Exam Season

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

Midterm exams are approaching and this is often a very stressful time for university students and Phi Sigma Sigma sisters are no exception. We have created this handy guide to help our sisters get through the next few weeks. We figured we'd share this guide with you as well, because after all, sharing is caring!

"Hey ladies! My name is Erica Baird and I am a first year student. During my first semester as a university student, I experienced loads of stress, just like any other normal person would. Throughout the months, I have curated a no-fail routine to make sure I get through exam season without dropping out or running away to a foreign country (even though I debated both a few times). Here are a few of my best tips!

1. Plan. Your. Life. I use a physical planner, the calendar on my computer and daily and weekly to-do lists. I write down every single thing going on in my life, from study sessions, to philanthropy events and coffee dates. Although this is probably a little excessive for the average person, it is really helpful during exam season to be able to see when you’re free, when you can squeeze in some studying, as well as what exactly you need to get done each day. (Bonus Tip: By making shorter and more obtainable to-do lists, odds are you’ll end up doing more than you aimed for and will feel a whole lot better about yourself!)

2. Start each morning with something you enjoy. Waking up early for classes is no one’s idea of a good time, but by starting every morning with a little treat, it makes the day feel a whole lot more manageable. Personally, the minute I wake up, I rush out of bed to make myself a cup of coffee and throw on a podcast while I’m doing my skin care routine or makeup. It makes sure I start every day with a smile!

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3. Plug in. When studying or getting other work done, you need to make sure you’re distraction free. Turn off your devices. Tell your study buddies you need 45 minutes of uninterrupted work. Zen out. I personally can’t work with pure silence, so I always play jazz music or open up a window when I’m studying. You can find curated playlists on Spotify, or if you don’t want music, try searching white noise on Youtube!

4. Get up and get out. While non-stop study sessions can be super helpful, at one point I feel completely zoned out. At this point I need to stand up and do something if I want to get out of complete zombie mode. I take this time to do a quick 20 minute work out, a few yoga stretches or maybe just head to a different study spot to get a change in scenery! Even just going for a bathroom break can wake you up, and is a lot cheaper than buying your third of fourth coffee of the day.

5. Set a time at night for when you need to plug out. By 9:30 PM, I know that my brain is fried. Any work I try to get done past then always needs to be redone the next day anyways, so I always make sure I plan out my day so I’m never scrambling to do things at night. I light a candle, make some tea, throw on some jammies, turn up the jazz music and crack open a good book. I try not to check my phone, and really just let my mind and body calm down after a busy day. This makes sure I don’t fall asleep too late, so that I can wake up early for those god awful 8 AM classes." - Erica Baird

This guide has been extremely helpful to many of our sisters and we hope you find it helpful too. If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message and we'll do the best we can to help you! Happy studying!

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