- Try to stay on a reasonably regular schedule of reviewing, eating, sleeping and relaxing. Start at least a week or preferably two, before exams begin.
- Don’t attempt to study 24 hours a day; your efficiency and capacity to retain material will rapidly decrease.
- Don’t force yourself to study beyond your normal limits of concentration. If you find yourself able to concentrate for only ten or twenty minutes, study for only that period of time and then take a short break. Your concentration should return. In fact, short and regular study periods are more productive than lengthy single sessions.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and drink lots of fluids. Excessive amounts of caffeine may produce confusion and even disorganization of thought processes.
- Don’t use drugs or alcohol—they can decrease your ability to think clearly. Take medication only under the supervision of a physician.
- Be conservative and reasonable about the demands you place on yourself.
- If you have a problem you believe will interfere with taking your exams, be sure to notify your class dean in Berry or a counselor/physician in Dick’s House before you take your exam.
Contact the Academic Skills Center for additional suggestions and advice.
Rev. 3/2016; originally adapted from Harvard Law School Health Service by Alison Burrell ‘95