The start of October marks the arrival of not only the fall season but also rising stress among the LSE-ites due to dreaded midterm examinations. The semester is in full swing and then suddenly these exams become the only topic of discussion everywhere you go. At this time of the year you’ll find students running all cross campus trying to catch up with TA’s and instructors in hope of some extra tutoring and all the libraries would be cramped with LSE-ites hitting the books and reviewing the notes, trying to squeeze in as much information as they can in what little time they have . In such times your stress level is bound to be high and you’re going to be at a loss at how to deal with it. So before you go chasing that “kitabi keera” of your section, do take a look at the list of ways you can have a stress free week and transition smoothly into the next half of this semester.
Preparing ahead of time:
Now I’m completely aware of how we students love to leave every preparation to the last minute, to the point that some of us start preparing just an hour before the exam. To overcome this problem, prepare ahead of time i.e. organize your notes, assignments and make sure you have everything you need for the preparation. So LSE-ites it’s high time that you start ditching this habit of leaving everything to the last minute and also that friend of yours who always says “chill kero yar, chill scene hai!”.
This kind of studying has actually proven to make learning a fun task rather than a boring one. You and your buddies can both gather up in the SBS library and study while enjoying the view of other students lazing around, cuddling on the sofas meanwhile treating the SBS as their own personal drawing room or you can study in the soothing silence of the TRRC’s. But if you want even more entertainment you can sit at the basketball court!
Make a schedule:
Making a schedule and sticking to it is very important, especially if you’re in junior and senior year and have mentally draining courses and instructors! Allot more time to numerical subjects and focus on the concepts rather than relying on rote memorization.
So guys before you go on about how I advised you against those friends who are always chilling, let me say that chilling and relaxing your mind after you’ve done everything ahead of time, is very essential! Reward yourself, go out with friends, listen to music, take a stroll around the campus etc. All this will refresh you and your mind after a gruelling study period.
May you guys pass all your midterms with flying colours and then don’t forget to put on your seat belts for a roller coaster ride towards the finals!
The author is a junior at LSE.