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Thursday, April 3, 2003

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Are students studying right?

By Lorraine Forster
Gazette Staff


Exams are waiting just around the Thames River bend.

For some of us, this means pulling all nighters to cram in that last crucial bit of studying. Although pulling an all nighter may not be the best method of studying, we all know that sometimes, it just has to be done. So this April, if you ever find yourself desperately flipping through your notes at 5 a.m., check out some of these helpful tips to keep your energy levels up and your stress levels down.


The Dos and Don'ts of Healthy Studying:
Tips from Anne Zok – Nutrition Manager of Hospitality Services



Dos

  • Do eat a variety of mini meals throughout the day and evening, every three to four hours to keep your energy up
  • Do eat fresh fruits and vegetables, small muffins, rice cakes, popcorn, unsalted pretzels
  • Do keep your carbohydrate levels up by eating foods such as beans, whole grains, rice and pasta in order to lessen cravings for fatty foods
  • Do cardio exercise in moderation in order to regulate stress
  • Do relieve stress through stretching and weight-bearing exercises
  • Do keep good food stocked in the fridge and freezer
  • Do prepare meals ahead of time in order to maximize time spent studying
  • Do continue with your regular exercise plan


    Don'ts
  • Don't eat large meals before studying, they will put you to sleep
  • Don't eat high-fat meals before studying as they promote indigestion, and distract you from the studying process
  • Don't load up on caffeine because it acts as a stimulant, provokes anxiety and interferes with your ability to sleep
  • Don't skip breakfast
  • Don't fast for a long period of time
  • Don't introduce a new exercise regime before an exam, this will result in sore muscles
  • Don't overload on simple sugars, such as candy

What the students said: Now that you know what you should be doing, it's time to hear what actually works for you and what doesn't. These tips came straight from students themselves; they may not work for you, but when it comes to studying, everyone has their own personal techniques.


Nici Rocca – Honours Biology II

All-nighter status:
Has pulled an all-nighter, but doesn't recommend it

She says:

  • "Go to the library in between classes, not home or the café."
  • "If you start to get tired, go for a run."
  • Drink iced tea to stay awake


J.P. Cadeau – MIT I


All-nighter status: "If I don't know it by 10 p.m., I don't care."

He says:

  • "I have a very small window of opportunity for when my brain can be receptive to information from about 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.."
  • "I like to take lots of breaks."
  • "I'm a personal fan of 'street meat' to keep my brain in top shape."

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