Witticism O’ The Day: So how do I set my laser printer on stun?
Walking across campus this week I’ve noticed that there are less people napping and more people hitting the books. That can mean only mean two things: midterms must be coming up, and everyone has developed a severe case of Black-Week-Fever.
Illness contracted by college students when all homework assignments are due and tests occur within the same week (otherwise known as “Black Week”).
Common symptoms include:
1. Zombie-like stumbling to class, head down, lack of smile
3. Yawning approximately every 3.2 minutes
4. Pulling your hair out due to stress
I say midterms “must be” coming because instead of having 1-2 weeks of multiple tests, my schedule has shifted to a “month-of-tests” in which I have about one test each week (with lots of homework around them). Once the “month-of-tests”is over, it starts all over again in another “month-of-tests.” Ugh. It seems like such a good idea in theory, but in reality it just ends up being a never-ending stream of homework and studying without any breaks in between.
Anyway, the lack of the usual nappers on every lawn on campus is disturbing—there’s something about their laid-back nature that keeps the bustling campus in balance. And CSU does seem a bit out-of-whack during these busy times where everyone has multiple tests and assignments that all coincide within a 2-week period. And everyone just looks so tired (probably from staying up into the wee hours of the morning trying to study for a test they have the next day). I'm tired, too, even though I rarely stay up later than midnight on school nights (I have class at 8 am). This can't be healthy for us! So, I have compiled some advice to beat Black-Week-Fever.
To beat Black-Week-Fever and kick ass on those midterms, you need to start preparing for your exams early. I know this advice is a little late for this round of tests, but next time you'll know. Give yourself at least one solid week for each exam. If you have more than one exam in a week, give yourself more than a week to start seriously studying (not just skimming your notes or flipping through the textbook).
Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Yes, during the week. Yes, this is possible. Set a "go-to-bed" alarm if you have to! If you don't believe that getting at least 7 hours a night will help you on your exams, prove me wrong. Try it during your next test week and see what happens (I bet you do better).
To get enough sleep each night, that means you have to get your studying and homework done early! Instead of messing around, watching T.V, or just laying around doing nothing when you get home from school, start on your schoolwork! I know you just went to school for a lot of hours, I know you don't feel like it! But when do you ever feel like doing homework? Just get it done, it'll be worth it and you'll be amazed with how much free-time you actually end up with.
Don't stress out. The more you stress, the more your immune system works against you, i.e the more likely you will get sick. The sicker you are, the worse you will do on all tests and homework. 'Nuff said.
Make sure to set aside time for doing fun things, too. You want to enjoy yourself in college, so don't just work yourself to an inevitable burn-out. Give yourself increments of time to take a break—studies show you actually only benefit from studying an hour at a time, not from 3 hours of cramming.
Most importantly, take a few deep breaths when you sit down to take the big exam. It’ll slow your heart rate and relax you, and since you worked really hard to prepare you can only do your best. So relax.
Ace those midterms, Rams! Tune in Wednesday for my next post.