Exam season has fallen upon Ryerson like a thick layer of snow. Slowly but surely the presence of sweatpants on campus has become a common sight. Chatter between classes is replaced with pushing and shoving into the library elevators. The two weeks that stand between a student and winter break are trying times for everyone, but I believe that you can do it! Studies have shown that following the tips outlined in this article will get you a 4.0 GPA, but please do not quote me on that.
Strategically Plan Your Study Space
Plan ahead where you’re going to study on campus, or else you’ll be one of those people walking in noisy circles on the overcrowded quiet study floor. I find that the hardest times to find a desk to study at the Student Learning Centre or the Library fall between 1-6, so I tend to avoid both of these buildings during these hours. Instead, I opt for studying on the white tables at the Hub (only recommended if you don’t need absolute silence) or the Arts Lounge or Lab (Arts students only sorry). I also like Page One Cafe, an indie cafe located on campus (I recommend the carrot muffin).
Kids these days are all about meal prepping, especially those food and health bloggers I try to avoid. Taking some time out of your Sunday to plan meals for the week is quite helpful, especially when you are busy and don’t have time to prepare healthy meals every few hours. Ryerson is surrounded by a plethora of delicious food options, making it too easy to give in to another five tacos or pad thai combo. Meal prepping will help you combat the cravings for delicious fast food, plus your wallet and waistline will be thanking you. I personally like to make a large bean or chickpea salad at the beginning of the week which can last me several days, and snack on protein bars, veggie chips, and Greek yogurt throughout the day.
Plan De-Stressing Activities
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a good idea to plan to study all day with no breaks. You need a break. Your mind can only handle so much information at one time. Schedule activity breaks every few hours to give your mind a true rest from studying. Go for a walk around the neighbourhood, pet some therapy dogs, workout at the Ryerson Athletics Centre, have a few laughs with a friend, or do whatever gets your blood flowing and de-stresses you for a bit.
Sleep At Night
Whoever told you that pulling an all-nighter will help you ace your exams is a liar. Not getting enough sleep at night is toxic for your mind’s full optimal performance. Study after study has shown that getting a good night’s rest improves your memory and helps retain information better. Poor sleeping habits has been linked to having a lower GPA, so try to close your books at a reasonable hour if you want to recharge your brain. I sleep 8 hours a night and I’m the smartest girl at Ryerson, so you’re better off following my lead (I’m kidding but I do get 8 hours of sleep a night, and feel great).
Set Internal Reminder: Grades Do Not Reflect Your Intelligence
Your intelligence and worth as a person in university are not linked to how high or low your GPA is. As long as you are learning and making sincere efforts to learn, you have already succeeded. Your mental health is of greater importance than a few numbers on a transcript. Take care of yourselves this exam season.