Overcoming Stress During Midterms

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

As the middle of the semester approaches, you may find that you are feeling a bit frazzled. Your to-do list seems never-ending. Paper deadlines are fast approaching and midterms are on their way.  Remember that the law library is here to support you in completing your academic goals.

Here are five tips for reducing stress during exam preparation.

  1. Take it one day at a time and do your best possible work each day. Break up the larger tasks on your to-do list into smaller parts. As Confucius stated, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
  2. Get some sleep.  Pulling all-nighters may be tempting, but you are likely to be more productive when you have gotten enough rest.
  3. Do not neglect your health. Living on coffee and fast food may seem like a quick fix, but consuming junk food will eventually catch up with you. Eat a balanced diet and also remember to exercise regularly.
  4. Laugh! The old saying that “laughter is the best medicine” has scientific merit. Laughter relaxes you and releases endorphins. Take a little time each day to giggle with a dear friend or chuckle at your favorite television show.
  5. Regain perspective. Take a few moments each day to remember why you wanted to come to law school. Reflect on how far you have come. Be grateful for your progress and remember that you are not defined by a grade.

Keep in mind that the law library has a collection of study aids to help you prepare for your exams. Best wishes on your midterms!