We all form some pretty awful habits during midterm season.
Some people start pulling all-nighters while others make some questionable dietary choices (hello, 3 a.m. pizza delivery!). You might feel like you’ve developed a deeper relationship with your textbooks than your own family, and the line between sleepwear and daywear has started to blur – after all, if you’re going to be studying all day, you might as well be comfortable.
Midterms only mark the halfway point during the semester, but how you perform can have a huge impact on your overall success in your course. Therefore, the last thing you want to do is show up tired and sluggish on exam day.
If your study efforts are losing steam, here are some tips and tricks to keep your head in the game!
1. Move your body
Having trouble breaking out of that sleep fog? Some people take longer to wake up than others, so speed the process along with some aerobic exercise in the morning. It doesn’t have to be intense – if your test is in the morning, consider walking or biking to campus, or doing a few jumping jacks in your room to pump yourself up. Getting your body moving in the morning will energize you for the rest of the day!
2. Fuel your brain
While it can be tempting to run off coffee for the entire day, it’s important to select nutritious foods that will fuel you for longer periods of time. Food with whole grains, healthy fats, or protein are all great options. For example, you could have a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseed for breakfast. On the go? Grab a healthy granola bar or an apple. And don’t forget to pack some healthy snacks, like nuts or trail mix, to keep your energy up throughout the day.
3. Don’t skip sleep
Yes, it can be tempting to cram as much information as possible into your brain until 4 a.m., but if you can’t recall that information the next day, the payoff won’t be very high. Experts say young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you can’t reach that full amount, try taking a power nap before your test – 20 or 30 minutes is the ideal time. This way, you won’t wake up groggy and your evening sleep schedule won’t be interrupted.