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Tips on managing stress through the semester

Studying effectively

Adopting and developing better study habits will help you study and learn more effectively. A key to this is knowing how you learn best. For example, some students learn by reading whereas some learn by taking notes and highlighting, or even group study.

Trying new study methods is crucial to understanding how you retain information best. Once this is figured out, studying will be more effective and save your time.

Here are some common study techniques to try: 

  • writing/highlight
  • Typing study topics
  • Self quizzing 
  • Flash cards
  • Group study 

To learn more about study techniques, check out this article

Part of effective studying is finding the motivation to pay attention and learn. Studying for 3 hours with distractions and wandering attention is the equivalent to cramming or not studying at all, but with more time wasted. 

Studying effectively will help you reduce stress. Retaining information effectively means saving time studying. Knowing your learning patterns can turn 3 hours of trying to “remember” information into an hour of productive learning.

As a result, you’re left with more time to dedicate to other courses, work, or to yourself. In a student life with constant responsibility, it is crucial to make good use of time wherever you can. This means being productive, especially with studying and assignments as these are the most time consuming (and unpaid) work that we do. 

Using resources

Included in all your tuition is of course, your school’s resources. Generally, these include the gym, tutors, counselling, academic advising and health centers. Student budgets are tight, so use these resources where you can. For example, saving money on a gym membership can be a small but long-term saving. 

Tutors and counselling are more expensive resources, so take advantage however you can. A problem with institutions is that counsellors are inaccessible due to the volume of students in need. If this is the case, free online counselling or resources might be helpful.  

Using your resources can reduce stress, whether it be simple savings on a gym membership or counselling.

The resources you use can reduce stress as well. For example, a common stress reducer is exercise. As a result, savings and relaxation will benefit you. To learn more about the mental benefits of physical activity, read this blog post

Self care and health

This is the foundation to your long-term success and wellness. Pay attention and give yourself the same effort that you give to work, school and your friends. YOU are just as important as anybody else. 

Managing stress for your life in general comes down to the way that you care for yourself. Stress and overwhelming responsibilities is inevitable. However, the way you cope and handle your emotions is important to managing stress. 

Caring for your wellbeing will help you handle stress. Being in-tune with the way you process mental and emotional feelings is key. As a result, you can identify your emotions/feelings, and know how to cope with them.

Taking time for yourself is also important in a time of work and school. Among all responsibilities, your health is your biggest one. At the end of the day, nothing will get done unless you are in a healthy mindset. 

Check out this blog post for practicing self-care and finding time in your busy lives. (need link) 

Examples of self-care: 

  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Meditating
  • Exercising
  • Physical care (face masks) 
  • Aromatherapy 


Asking for help

When stress becomes overwhelming, it can be difficult to get out of your “slump”. When you feel overwhelmed and unmotivated, it may be time to reach out for help. This could mean contacting your school’s resources such as tutors and/or professors, asking friends and family for help, or even looking online for more resources.

This can also apply to mental health help, which is something you should always feel comfortable reaching out for. It’s understandable why students avoid asking for help (not enough time, don’t want to burden someone else), however it is important to your success and wellbeing to know your limits.

Understand and be aware of yourself enough to know when you need to reach out. Asking for help through any resource, for academics or mental health help, can help you manage your stress. 

Many students feel the need to deal with these feelings themselves, however knowing how to ask for help will help you manage your stress.

How can Motify help?

Students are often times disconnected from their schools. For example, many don’t even know what resources are available. When we do know, it’s hard to be directed to these resources that we need. And, even if we find them, they are usually unavailable due to many students needed the same help.

This is frustrating as students need institutions to provide these resources as they aren’t in a financial position to find and pay for tutors and counsellors externally.

Motify bridges the gap between students and their schools. The app creates a “path” that can improve the connectivity and accessibility that students need for their resources. For example, students can book tutoring appointments for specific courses through Motify instead of searching for the booking link or having to go on-campus.

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