Avoid or moderate all substance use. Alcohol and caffeine are the most
widely used and abused substances by college students. Alcohol use certainly does not contribute to your ability to
study and retain information.
If you are going to drink alcohol (and you are of legal age), do so with a certain
degree of intelligence. Drink only moderate amounts. Make sure you have a non-drinking designated driver. And,
curtail your alcohol use a few days prior to major exams or projects. There’s no better recipe for failure than a
hangover and a chemistry final to turn you into a college drop out.
Caffeine is widely used, especially around exam time. A pot of coffee and an
"all-nighter" is still a fact of life at most colleges. But excess amounts of caffeine can lead to nervousness and
forgetfulness. These are not traits that you would normally like to possess during an exam.
Remember to take time for yourself. Play a video game, watch a movie, talk with
friends. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and totally stressed out, sometimes all you need is time away to relax and
“Attitude is everything.” What does that mean? The way you think about
things can make all the difference in how you react to events. Have you ever noticed how the exact same situation
can stress one person out, while it might not affect another person at all? This difference can usually be
explained by the way that each individual thinks about the situation. Changing the way you think (a.k.a. cognitive
restructuring) can help you manage stressors in your life. Here's how.
Each time something happens in our lives, the information about that event
enters our minds. We then interpret it; we form beliefs about what the event means, why it happened or how it is
going to affect us. While we can't always control the events that happen, we can control what we think about the
event, which in turn shape our feelings about them.
Self-talk is an ongoing internal dialogue we each have. Oftentimes this
conversation is overly critical, irrational and destructive. To reduce stress, instead of being your own worst
critic, treat yourself with a gentle touch. Talk to yourself like you would a child who you care about very