Hi, everyone! Do you know what time it is? It’s midterm time! I did my best to make that sound exciting, but hey, I’m only human. On the bright side, the beginning of midterms means that we’re already halfway through the semester. Isn’t that crazy? What do you mean that we’ve been here for 7 weeks? I just got here!
Midterms can be stressful, but it really just depends on how you approach it. Do you have a game plan? My game plan includes an extremely full Google Calendar (but I love it, because I can see exactly what I need to do this week, and when – to the hour!), lots of to-do lists, and maybe more coffee than I should be allowed. 😜
It’s easy for all of these things to get lost somewhere in the midterm tornado. Do you know what time your test is at? Do you know when you’re planning to study? What on earth is the definition for that, again? What’s 2+2? I threw in an easy one to get you started on the right track. 😉 To make things easier, I’ve compiled a little midterm checklist. Please feel free to create your own, and check things off as you go. It’s so gratifying!
Good luck on midterms everyone. You’ve got this!
First semester is flying by! This is the time when your assignments start getting intense and so does the stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here are some ideas and resources at Sheridan that might help.
- Wellness Wednesdays: Sometimes all we need to manage stress is simply a space to give our minds a break. If this is something that you need, come to B303 (Trafalgar campus) on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:35 to experience some guided meditation. It can help you feel grounded and a bit more in control of things!
- Ask the question: If your stress is coming from lack of clarity, an unanswered question, or simply not knowing what to do in a certain situation, reach out and talk to someone. This might mean talking to a professor, either in person or via email. It might even mean speaking to a student advisor or a counsellor. If you have questions, drop by Student Services in B104 (Trafalgar campus) B230 (Davis Campus) or A247 (HMC). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or your peer mentor for more direction.
- Make a move: Exercise can really help combat stress. If you don’t have the budget for a gym membership, don’t worry! Your Sheridan oneCARD is a free pass to the gym on campus. For a low cost, you can also access Yoga and Spin classes. If all else fails, even taking a quick walk can work wonders.
- Get involved: This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes involvement in an extra-curricular activity or club can help with stress management by allowing you to do something you enjoy (that isn’t studying)! It also gets you connected to the Sheridan community, which can be an amazing way to build relationships! If you have space in your schedule, take a look at Sheridan’s list of clubs and activities here. Also, keep an eye on your Sheridan emails for monthly newsletters, including important dates and events!
- Tutoring: If all you need is a bit of extra help in one of your courses, there’s good news! Sheridan offers tutoring services. Tutoring is free in Math, Java or English. If there is a specific course you need tutoring in, there is a $40 fee (still not too bad)! Look here for more information!
Don’t let stress get the better of you! Take advantage of the resources available to you right here on campus.
- The most common mistake students make is arriving late to class! Try to attend all of your classes and arrive on time! Believe it or not, punctuality is extremely important. It creates a long lasting impression on both your professors and peers. Additionally, it helps you to build your credibility and reliance as a student. Your peers may be reluctant to choose you as a member of their group if you are always arriving late. As such, please give yourself enough time to get to your class on time as well as getting plenty of sleep and grabbing a delicious breakfast to start your day!
- Another common mistake is not checking your Sheridan student email! Your Sheridan student email is your main communication portal with Sheridan. This is where you get all of your updates, newsletter, events and announcements. Getting into a habit of checking your email at least once a day is extremely beneficial. It ensures that you never miss out on an opportunity that may be of interest to you such as attending career fairs, applying for co-op, job opportunities, registering for on-campus events and much more! Some tips that you can do to avoid missing any emails would be forwarding all your emails to your personal email and syncing your Sheridan student email to your phone.
- There are many resources available on campus to ensure students are getting the help they need. Some resources we have available on campus would be tutoring, career services, library, counselling, student advisement, health/fitness and much more. For example, a simple resource such as tutoring can make a difference from being a ‘B’ student to an ‘A’ student. Therefore, please take advantage of these resources because it is free as a Sheridan student!
- We live in a generation of where multi-tasking has become an innate habit. Multi-tasking is the ability to simultaneously do various tasks at the same time. A prime example that we are guilty of doing as students would be watching Netflix while browsing social media and studying the night before your exam all at the same time. Although multi-tasking can be efficient, the opposite can be applied. For example, your final work may not be up to your standards because your focus is divided up. Studies have been shown that it is nearly impossible to focus on more than one task at a time. Therefore, it is recommended to set a routine schedule and focus on one task at a time.
Leaving things for the last minute and pulling all-nighters
- Never ever leave things until the last minute! This will pressure prompt you to rush through your work in order to complete it by the deadline. As students, we have the tendency to pull all-nighter in order to complete the task on hand. Although you may be able to complete the task on time, you are compensating it for the quality of the work. The reason behind this is because you are operating on limited sleep and a goal of simply completing the task rather ensuring that the work is up to standards. The best technique to avoid leaving things last minute and most importantly pulling an all-nighter would be starting your work early! Believe me, it will save you a lot of time and stress if you do your work in small increments each day.