Let’s face it; we’re all stressed out to the max right now. Exams are the culmination of a year’s worth of work and a time when students often just do not know what to do with themselves. I’m here to help! I present to you #StudyBreak
1. Go on a walk (30-90 minutes)
Campus is never short of amazing places to walk to. Take a hike down to the beach or the overlook! Walk down Loch’s trail to the end and back. Even just walk down the hall to a friend’s room and chat.
A lot of us study with music because we need something blocking out background noise, I know I find it very hard to study when I can hear other people around me. Put your headphones in and put your work away for 15-20 minutes. It’s amazing how relaxing and refreshing putting some music on can rejuvenate your will to study. My Spotify exam playlist: https://play.spotify.com/user/12125323319/playlist/4ctLyHOY8ILM9FCSuhP4Mp share yours in the comments below or tweet them at me @ronnockoch
3. Go get food! (30-60 minutes)
Feeling tired? When was the last time you ate? And I mean really eat, not that left-over Easter chocolate you promised yourself you could have when you finish reading a section of that textbook you never thought you’d need. Head over to Tim Hortons or even better the Fresh Food Company and enjoy a meal that does not revolve around completing sections of your review. Better yet, bring some friends!
4. Visit a friend (5-∞ minutes)
You’re not the only one who’s stressed, all your friends are! Except that one lucky duck who managed to have 1 exam and is done on the second day of exam period. A visit from a friendly face will do more than you think to them and you
5. Plan a dinner off campus (Planning: 5-10 minutes. Execution: 60+ Minutes)
Sudbury is filled with incredible restaurants: The Laughing Buddha, Wacky Wings, Towne House, Little Montreal, Peddlers, Made in Canada. Plan an evening with friends (or alone, that’s fine too ) to go out and vow not to bring study notes with you. You have to keep yourself sane to pass exams.
6. Read for pleasure (15+ minutes)
While hard to find time to read anything other than a textbook, required readings or anything more substantial than Which Minor “Friends” Character Are You Based on Your Zodiac!, reading for pleasure can be food for you!
7. Jump on the bus! (~45 minutes)
Grab some headphones and head out to one of the many bus stops on campus with your student card and do a complete cycle on the 500 University via Paris on the :15 and :45 until 5:45. Getting out of your room/the library and clearing your head while getting a chance to do some people watching sounds like a great idea! By the time you get back on campus you should be ready to crush that paper or continue studying.
8. Play a Video Game (Win first round: 15-30 minutes. Keep losing: 30-When You Start winning Again minutes)
If you’re anything like me, and some of you are, you’re a video game person. Clearing my head can be accomplished pretty quickly by playing a few rounds of a video game and then getting back to the grind.
9. Put on a TV show or a movie! (22-90 minutes)
Throw on an episode of Scrubs (highly recommend), watch the Jays Game, root for your favourite NHL team in the playoffs, or watch a movie from your childhood (Toy Story anyone?) Although stay away from Netflix, once it sucks you in it’s so hard to get away!
10. Make summer plans (10-15 minutes)
We’re all eager to start planning summer plans but why wait until you’re done everything? Start making them during a study break! Planning a trip to Paris with friends? (Invite me…) Going camping? Roadie? Nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Once you’re in a more positive mental state from imagining all the fun and awesome things you’re going to do this summer you’ll be in a much better mood to continue studying.
My name is Connor and I’m a 4th year History and Education student at Laurentian. I’ve been a tour guide on campus for 3 years. Ideally I would like to continue my education with a masters in history but I’ll wait and see where life takes me. Until then I’ll be blogging, researching and photographing my way through life!