Low-Stress Studying: Tips from the Jack Chapter

Throughout the year, Greenwood’s Jack Chapter has reminded students and staff to make mental health a priority. As exam time approaches, they’ve put together some valuable tips for effective, low-stress preparation.

The Jack Chapter’s work has been key in Greenwood’s efforts to weave health and well-being into the fabric of school life. Posted to the TV screens around the school, their study tips encourage students to take care of themselves in mind and body as they review for their final evaluations.

Check out the tips below (and consider trying one or two yourself - even if you’re not studying, getting outside during the work day is excellent for your mental well-being!)
  1. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break and come back to it.
  2. Don’t just go on your phone when you need a break - go for a walk, play with your pet or try another screen-free activity.
  3. Take a 20-minute nap (set a timer or ask your parents to wake you so you don’t sleep for too long!)
  4. Study outside.
  5. Redo old tests/quizzes.
  6. Don’t forget to do things you enjoy.
  7. Eat regularly and eat food that energizes you (it helps to get up early and make your own food, rather than depending on fast food).
  8. Have a sleep schedule and stick to it.
  9. Play intense music and jump around/dance when you need a break!
  10. Study in different settings (alone, in a group., etc).
  11. Make calendars and to-do lists. Plan out your time and include scheduled breaks.
  12. Make sure timelines are reasonable and attainable.
  13. Don’t cram or let others stress you out right before an exam (even if everyone else is cramming!)
  14. Bring a water bottle to your exam.
  15. Put your phone in another room when you study.
  16. Write out cue cards with key points from class materials.
  17. Rewriting your notes by hand is often very helpful (muscle memory!)
  18. Try to teach course materials to other people (if no one is around, teach your pet!)
  19. Make a study playlist. If it helps, you can even make different playlists for different subjects. Jazz/classical/ambient music is proven to be effective for studying.
  20. Record yourself reading your cue cards or notes and listen to the recording later on.
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