Stress? What Stress?

stressDays are getting shorter, nights are getting colder, leaves are falling to the ground….not only is fall among us but it is also midterm season as well. The majority of you will have your midterms either just beginning or beginning in the upcoming week, fortunately for me I’ve already written 4 out of my 5, so I may be able to provide some useful advice for managing midterms, work, volunteering, and having a bit of a social life.

The first week my midterms began I had 3. I knew this beforehand though, so to make sure I would manage my time well (a.k.a have time for studying) I booked off the day before each of my midterms to make sure my work would not schedule me. This to me was an important thing to do, because in my opinion being able to study the day before any exam is essential. Not only did I book off those days, I also booked off the days before my second midterms (a.k.a. midterms round 2 coming up in november!) and the day before&of my FINAL exams in December. For those of you who haven’t checked yet here’s the link to the final exam schedule: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/files/students.exams/december_2015_final_exam_schedule__0.pdf
* note: locations will only be provided closer to the final exam period

If you’re worried that your manager/boss will be mad that you’ve asked for a few days off, explain it to them. Most places understand the importance of your education and won’t mind giving you the time you need to prepare for your exams. If you don’t tell them why you’re taking those days off they may think its for social events, and then they will be mad. All I did was when I asked for them off I told my manager “I need to book a few days off because I have exams coming up”, and he gladly let me take the days I needed. Honestly, having those days off took so much stress of  that it was worth it.

I’m very thankful I was accepted to volunteer in a lab, however, the beginning training sessions are as well colliding with my midterms. Luckily, they don’t interfere yet in any way. If you realize you have to make commitments such as lab training sessions, family events, etc., make sure you study and prepare before hand! That way when the time comes right before the exam and you don’t have much time left to prepare, a simple quick review session will suffice as you’ve prepared plenty in advance.

Now, you may be thinking, “how am I supposed to work, volunteer, study and still manage to see my friends and family”? It’s not as hard as you may imagine! As long as you plan in advance it can be done. Throughout the past 2 weeks of my midterms I had 2 family events and thanksgiving. I made sure all my readings were done well in advance, took the notes necessary for my review, and fit in the time for everything. The days I had family events I studied before and after they came, making sure I had time to accommodate both. Also, if you still want to go out every now and then to see your friends, you can! Just make it a reward to yourself, that once you complete everything that needs to be done you earn a night out to enjoy yourself!

The bright side to all this? It’s almost the end of October, which means almost 2 months of school have passed. You’re almost half way through to be doing this semester. The key to everything is time management. I wish you all the best of luck on your midterms, and if you have any questions or need advice feel free to leave a comment!

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