Academics: End of Term Preparation
You've experienced college finals before and have probably developed strategies for studying effectively and avoiding burnout. However, MIT presents its' own challenges, some of which you might not have experienced at your previous Institution.
The last few weeks of the term can be stressful with so much to accomplish in a relatively short period of time. To help you with this, we list some tips and resources:
- Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for finals. Allow yourself plenty of time for each subject, so that you do not feel rushed. The Center for Academic Excellence offers information about Mastering Tests and Final Exams to help you complete the term with minimal stress.
- Avoid getting overwhelmed. It is more difficult to study for finals when you become overwhelmed. Instead, seek help and guidance from your departmental advisor, instructors and TAs.
- Practice stress management techniques. Consider mediation, yoga, tai chi, diaphragmatic breathing or other relaxation techniques. MIT Medical offers a number of stress relief and wellness classes.
- Get enough sleep. A good night's rest can do wonders for your state of mind. If you have trouble getting to sleep, try to avoid caffeine or television before going to bed. Also, try to establish a regular sleep schedule.
- Exercise and eat well. Your body needs to be nourished and exercise can help you burn off your stress, by giving you something else to focus on. The Z-Center and DAPER have a host of exercise facilities and classes available to you.
- Talk to people who can help. Make an appointment to speak with one of the deans in Student Support Services. who can help you with any concern. MIT Mental Health and Counseling can also support you with any issues that you may be experiencing.