The demands placed on college students can be very stressful, but thankfully, with a few tip and tricks, much of that stress can be avoided.

Be Prepared

Anything can seem overwhelming if you are not prepared ahead of time. Some ways to stay prepared are:

  • Reading the text before class.
  • Finishing assignments before the due date.
  • Studying well in advance of exams to avoid cramming if possible.
  • Asking professors what is expected for the exams and what format the test will use,

Get Some Sleep

Not getting enough sleep and being constantly tired is enough to put anyone on edge, and getting good, restful sleep is even more important on the eve of tests (another reason to avoid cramming). To help improve your sleeping habits you should:

  • Reserve your bed for sleeping, not studying.
  • Manage your time so you can schedule appropriate amount of sleep.
  • Exercise frequently.
  • Eat a healthy diet.

Positive Thinking

Doubts and negative attitudes play a huge role in causing stress. Being able to visualize your success and having a positive attitude can effectively reduce much of the anxiety caused by school. Remember, with the right amount of work and determination, you can succeed.

Deep Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation are two techniques that work to reduce stress through physical relaxation.

Read more about Deep Breathing.

Read more about Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

The interns at the Academic Skills Center can help you learn how to better manage stress and anxiety. Email them at or call x3925 to make an appointment.