To Cram…Or Not To Cram??

Now that the last day of classes is upon us, many students are getting into final exam study mode. This can often be a stressful time of year because students tend to have less sleep, do not eat properly and dedicate most of their days to studying constantly. Many students feel that in order to learn as much information as possible it is a good idea to stay up “cramming” the night before an exam. If this sounds like something you might do, take some time to read the info gram posted below. You might be surprised what research has to say about cramming.

The Science of Study
Source: Best Education Degrees

Now you know more about  how our brain learns new information, and also how poor study methods can have a negative impact on grades…  what tips will you use to improve your own study methods?

Use these ideas to create positive study habits that decrease stress and improve the results of your exam!


Why Studying Shouldn’t Be Stressful

Stress affects learning and studying!

We know that stress is harmful to many aspects of our life, especially our health. Unfortunately many students don’t realize just how much stress affects how we learn and retain information.

A Mixed Blessing for Memory: Stress and the Brain, shares great information about how our brain responds to stress, why stress is harms our brains and how stress affects studying. Even though stress can be beneficial to our minds in some cases, long term, chronic stress is harmful. The take away message from this post is that decreasing stress through meditation, deep breathing, spending time with family and friends will help to reduce stress. If you would like to read the post in entirety click on this link

Exam time is quickly approaching, with this in mind you may want to consider attending Stress Less for Tests. This is a program with sessions on Tuesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 21st from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the University Centre at the University of Guelph. This program will teach practical strategies to reduce exam anxiety to increase positive results.

For more information about this program please visit

It is important to take time out of your day to include stress reduction strategies to optimize learning and improve grades!

In case you missed it….

International Stress Awareness Day was last Wednesday!

This was a day to spread awareness and knowledge about stress. This is the display that was set up in the University Centre, it outlined facts about stress and strategies to decrease the amount of stress in your life.


Here are some recommendations for stress reduction:

  • Manage time effectively
  • Don’t take on too many commitments
  • Take time out to relax and recharge
  • Think positively
  • Avoid using alcohol, drugs and caffeine to cope
  • Eat regularly and nutritiously
  • At least 20 minutes of daily physical activity
  • Laughter
  • Listen to music you enjoy

The free presentation “Diet, Stress and IBS” was a great success and provided a great deal of useful information.  Here is a sample of the information that was presented.

Strategies to relax the GI tract:

  • Breathing from the diaphragm
  • Progressive muscle relaxation in the abdomen, lower back and hips
  • Walking regularly
  • Learn to be assertive- get comfortable saying “NO” and don’t take on too many commitments

For good GI Function:

  • Eat regularly- every 3-4 hours
  • Eat nutritiously and drink enough water
  • Avoid too much or too little fibre
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Establish a regular routine for eating, exercise and sleeping
  • Reduce stress