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
- 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'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
- "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."
- "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."