5 Ways to Create a Stress-free Study Session

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Whether it’s in the car, in front of the TV screen, or at the kitchen table, you do your homework whenever, wherever. The stress of these distractions weighs on you like a lead balloon while you try to study and retain so much information in such a short amount of time. But study time doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five ways to ensure your study sessions are stress-free.

Set clear expectations

Without distractions, your course work gets done quicker. Set reasonable expectations and outcomes, and work to achieve realistic goals. Figure out how you can best tailor your learning style to the objectives you set for your coursework. Small steps toward a greater vision will mean less stress during study time.

Keep supplies within reach

Make sure you have a place for everything, and that everything is in its place! You will save yourself tons of time and stress searching for school supplies if you keep them handy at your workspace. Cutting down on the amount of time you spend searching for a pen or a notebook means you'll gain more time to complete your homework. Setting up a very simple station to house all things course work related is a great start.

Develop a routine

Since you’re beginning your work well ahead of the due date, this leaves you time to create the most convenient and effective work schedule for you. Plan your day and fit in course work accordingly. Do you work best with many short breaks, or is hunkering down for a long stretch of time more your style? Allow for your schedule to help you determine the ways you like to study so that you develop a routine that is the perfect fit for you.


Snack smart and work hard! Give your brain the food boost it needs to help you power through your assignments. Whether you choose a healthy snack, or treat yourself to something sweet, snacking will not only help keep your brain running, but will also work to keep you stress free while you study.

Keep your brain active

The brain needs to stay active after learning to help you to retain information. Continue feeding your mind with other thought-provoking activities after your study session, like reading, running, drawing, or playing a game. Thoughtful activities give your brain time to process newly learned information, whereas if you immediately hop in front of the television after a long study session, you’re sure to stress. 


About Thomas Edison State College

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study that can be customized to meet their individual needs. The College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. Learn more at www.tesc.edu.

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