When people look back at their college years, they usually remember that period as one of the most fun and stimulating chapters of their lives. It has all the freedoms of adulthood and all the carelessness of youth. However, for those currently in college things don’t look that great. It’s a period of sudden transition, higher expectations and a lot of stress, especially during exams.
It’s important to identify these challenges and address them head on. There is no universal method for doing it – every student needs to find their own way of reducing stress and adapting to the new environment. However, there are a few tips that can make this process easier.
Diet and exercise
It may not seem related, but eating healthy and exercising regularly could do wonders for your overall mental health. There are no rules defining what the exercise should be – any kind of physical activity practised for about 30 minutes a day will do. The effects can be enhanced if you set increasing goals for yourself. Just being able to run one mile longer or do 10 more push-ups than you were previously able to do will mean a lot. It’s best to consult a doctor if you’re making any serious changes to your diet, but grabbing a salad instead of pizza is a good start.
Having a well-organised studying system can be of great help during the exam season. This means that you should organise your notes in a meticulous manner, dedicate enough time to each subject and have a few practice tests before the real thing. It isn’t something that could be setup on a moment’s notice – you should start creating a system as soon as possible. It’s important to note that this system doesn’t have to consist of coloured stickers or military style daily schedule. Everyone has their own way of organising, but randomness should be avoided.
Knowing that someone has been through it already (and survived) can really help in stressful times. It goes beyond just chatting – using the notes made by older students makes studying a lot easier. Comprehensive VCE notes can be found online and downloaded in any convenient format. These notes have also gone through a selection and review process organised by professional moderators.
Starting a daily journal
Writing a diary is the most important part of a daily routine for a lot of highly productive people. It may seem like it takes time away from studying, but the benefits are vast. It helps you concentrate on what’s really important during each day and therefore puts your worries into perspective. That way you can set periodic goals for both your academic and personal life. Writing every day is also a way to practice self-discipline, which is a trait that comes quite handy regardless of your academic field. And in the end, it’s a form of therapy. Sometimes simply putting your thoughts on a piece of paper can help a lot.
It’s imperative to have a balanced sleep cycle. How much hours of sleep you need each night is debatable. The key is to go to bed at approximately the same time every night and turn off all the distractions. Studies also show that taking power naps, can significantly improve productivity and overall well-being.
Dealing with exams and assignments can be difficult, but by paying attention to your diet, practising a healthy lifestyle, and taking a few hints on how to handle new circumstances from your older classmates – they can be managed effectively. Also, try to see the bigger picture and think about college as a stepping stone.
About author – Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”