Did you know that 1 in 3 students across Canada experiences roughly three major states of emotion, when it comes to their life: stress, anxiety, and academic pressure. 45% of the students say that they experience “more than average” stress levels, overall.

Because we believe in supporting each and every one of you, but also work towards creating a favorable environment for you to thrive in, while studying at McGill, we’ve partnered up with Keep.meSAFE to give you a some simple tips, that, we hope, will support an easier transition into your exams period.

Without further ado:

  • Create a study plan before exams.

Outline all of your exam dates, then divide your available time into study sessions for each subject. This way, you’re not cramming all your studying into one stressful session. Instead, spread it out over multiple manageable periods.

  • Take breaks during study sessions.

While it may sound wrong, taking regular breaks can actually improve your concentration when studying! Try this technique: study for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Do something totally unrelated to work to give your brain a rest.

  • Practice relaxation techniques.

Mindfulness can help break the exam stress cycle by helping you stay focused on the present moment. Practice simple exercises like deep breathing or muscle contraction. Regular practice can reduce anxiety and improve your focus and memory.

We hope that these tips will inspire you to study to your best capacity, but if you’re already acing your study sessions, we’d love to hear more great ideas from you, in the comments section.

Happy studies to all, and good luck at your final exams!