5 Quick Study Break Tips To Help You Get Back On Track

Now that finals are rounding the corner, all of us tend to feel the pressure of tests and essays and term papers.  Sometimes too much stress can be counterproductive and end up making you forget more information than actually retaining it.

Here are 5 quick study breaks you can take to help you get back on track for studying!

  • Tip # 1: Eat Something

Often long hours studying in libraries with your nose in books can make you forget to take a food break.  You might be hungry and completely have forgotten about your stomach!  Eating something will give you a quick break, replenish some lost calories, and make you a lot happier.

Try some dark chocolate, walnuts, or if you’re really feeling fancy, salmon.  These are all brain foods that will help keep your brain active and alert, helping you get through those long hours of flash cards and essay prompts.

  • Tip #2 – Get Active

Put down the textbook for a few minutes while you go outside and take a quick jog or engage in a little Wii boxing.  After sitting and studying for hours, it’s a nice break to stretch your legs and cramped fingers and get a little air.

Running around for a bit will get the endorphins started and make you feel a lot better.  Exercise is a healthy option that will let you put the books away for a bit while also doing something for your body.

  • Tip #3 – Get a Change of Scenery

Studying in the same place can get your mind in a stuck position.  Having the same surroundings for too long might not help you understand new concepts or ideas.  Try moving to an outdoor patio at a café or if you study at home a lot, try an on campus library.  The change of scenery will help prep your mind to take a fresh perspective on things.

Additionally, you never know what just might happen on campus.  During my school’s study week, otherwise known as “dead week,” students participate in naked runs through campus, put together flash mobs, and the school pays for puppies to be brought on campus as a stress reducer.

  • Tip #4 – Talk to Friend

Sometimes talking to a friend who’s struggling through studying can help.  You might just need a little rant session to complain about how much stuff you have in your head or complain a little about your professor before you can get back on track.

Talking to friend about things other than school can help you focus your attention elsewhere for a while so you can come back to studying with a clear head.  Sometimes it’s just nice knowing that someone else is going through the same things you are.

  • Tip #5 – Put Things in Perspective

Lastly, don’t forget to put things in perspective.  Talk to yourself and ask yourself, what happens if I do poorly on this test?  It’s not the end of the world.  It might not be a good feeling but there are a lot of other things going on in your life.  Put your studying in perspective and realize that there’s more to life than just textbooks and exams.

Important as this next midterm may seem to you now, when it’s done tomorrow, you’ll move on with your life regardless of how you performed.  Take a breath and put everything in perspective.

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Clara Ma

Clara Ma

Clara is a third year student attending the University of California, Berkeley currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Media Studies. Her school activities include being a captain on the Cal Dance Team, being a Campus Ambassador, as well as being part of THRIVE Dance Company. She enjoys living vicariously through others on the Internet, keeping up with pop culture on Tumblr, and watching a copious number of television shows (namely Sherlock and How I Met Your Mother).