Campus Life
The low-stress study guide
by Kayzia Boilard | April 5, 2017

Final exams are just around the corner!

One thing is inevitable about being a student – you’ve got to study hard in order to do well. Though studying can definitely be stressful (especially when you’re cramming the night before an exam – trust me, we know the feeling) it doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as you might think. Just like everybody has their preferred study techniques, there are a lot of ways to make your studying time as low-stress as possible.

Just in time for final exams, we’ve put together a list to reduce your study stress:


They don’t say ‘location, location, location,’ for nothing! Whether you feel most comfortable and relaxed when you study sitting at your desk in your bedroom, or the not-so-quiet floor at the library, knowing where you study best is going to help reduce your stress when the time comes to hit the books. If you’re unsure of where you study best, test out a few locations until you find one that works.

Want to know where your fellow Humber and Guelph-Humber students study best? Find out here.



Knowing what kind of environment you like studying in is extremely important. This can include whether or not you like to be surrounded by people, background noise, even the right lighting. Having the right surroundings when you study can truly help to make the most of your time. Some people work best when they’re surrounded by others studying and others need to be alone. Whatever works for you will be sure to help you reduce your stress as you go over your notes.

Desk, laptop, phone, notepad


It’s hard to study on a hungry stomach! Before you head to the library or sit down at your desk to study, prepare a few snacks to take with you so that you don’t end up feeling light-headed with low energy because you’re hungry (and stressed). Fruits with natural sugars that give you energy, like apples and grapes, are great quick snacks you can toss in your bag! Taking a little snack break is also a great way to reduce your stress while you study.

Need more suggestions for food that’s light in calories and cost? We’ve got you covered.

Coffee, book, food on table


In order to keep your stress levels down while you study, you’ve got to be organized. Make sure to have all the books, notes, highlighters, and pens that you need. Having all of your materials prepared and organized will make you feel relieved. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to study and realizing that you’re missing notes.

Book and pen on table


We’ve all been there, assignments and exams are filling your schedule and before you know it you haven’t exactly studied enough for your exam the next day. The absolute best tip to help reduce your stress when you study is to give yourself enough time. Some students work well under pressure and others don’t. Be aware of how much time you need in order to study well, and try your best to make time in your schedule for that.

Alarm clock

Remember that here are plenty of different ways to study, and taking the time to figure out what works for you will help you succeed in school. In order to keep your stress reduced, it’s also important to take breaks and get lots of sleep.

Stressing out? Check out our list of websites that will help you de-stress and our list of browser hacks that will help you ace finals.

Still feeling overwhelmed? IGNITE’s Student LifeLine is always here for you. A FREE 24/7 resource you can use via your computer, toll-free telephone, or mobile app, LifeLine includes:

  • Short-term counselling
  • Online resources (instant chat with a consultant, articles, blogs, podcasts, self-assessments, interactive tools and educational materials)
  • Referral to campus and community resources
  • Consultations and research on life’s everyday issues