Congratulations!  You are done with finals week and have a moment to breath and regroup.  Whether you are staying in the Milwaukee area, vacationing somewhere tropical, or visiting with friends and family, make sure to take the time you need before the next quarter starts.  Relaxing and taking a break is a mental necessity that significantly helps reduce stress and burnout and leads to a happy more fulfilling life. Take a moment to check in on what you need for the upcoming semester to perform at your best and maintain your health and wellness.



The Day of the Exam:

  • Get to the exam ahead of time so that you aren't in a hurry
  • Find a spot that is not near distractions
  • Before exam do something unrelated to the test material.  Give yourself a break
  • If you get anxious, that is okay.  It is normal to feel pressure before an exam.


The Exam Itself:

  • Read the directions!
  • Finish easiest questions first.
  • Review...check your answers
  • Write down key facts on back of exam before you begin
  • If you get anxious, take a second to calm down
  • Preview exam so you know what is to come


Good Luck

Effective time management strategies can help you get everything that you need to get done and maybe even have a little time left over for yourself.  Here are some suggestions as you prepare for finals week that can help you achieve at your best:

  • assign a specific time to study each subject-you will get more done
  • utilize blocks of time in between classes and meetings
  • get proper rest. eat nutritious meals
  • unclutter your work space
  • organize your materials
  • use a distraction-free place to study



For some, Valentines Day is a welcome opportunity to take a second out of your busy schedule to cherish the relationships in your life.  For others, this day serves as an unfriendly reminder that your love life is less than optimal.  Either way, it is a good time to check in and reflect on how you and your significant other could improve your relationship or, for those single individuals, to redefine what they are looking for in another person.  This link outlines the pillars of a mature and lasting relationship and what it takes from each individual.

Did you know that 30 seconds of deep breathing may fool your body into feeling calm when really you are just waiting to have your frustration re-triggered?  Potter-Effron, author of Healing the Angry Brain, reveals that, in reality, it takes about twenty minutes to let the emotion pass during which time we are most susceptible to having the annoyance come back full force.  The trick is being able to take time after the annoyance to stop and reflect on it's cause, a skill proven to be developed through mindfulness therapy in which neural connections associated with self-awareness are increased.  Visit the counseling center or take part in our hdw workshops to learn these skills and better manage your emotions.

Are you feeling the winter blues during this cold winter and testing season?  Depression can get anybody down whether it is brought on by stress from relationships or classes, your genetic predisposition, or a lack of Vitamin D due to this freezing winter.   View contest winning PSA with information on where you can access a free and anonymous depression screening assessment or stop by the counseling office to explore options to help you live a happier, more fulfilling life.


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You may not be pulling triple axels or speed skating around the rink but performance and test anxiety can effect your nerves too!  As we finish week eight, be sure to take the four steps to reduce test anxiety so you too can perform at your best.

1) Prepare Regularly (Mentally and Physically)

2) Keep a Positive Attitude

3) Practice Relaxation

4) Focus on the Present

Attend a free, interactive Heartmath demonstration (Monday February 10th, 1-150, K125/127) and learn techniques to reduce your stress and control test anxiety

Attention stressed out students! Did you know that the focus of mind and breath on your body can reduce your stress and help you get through test season?  Heartmath is a program used by many MSOE students that allows you to watch real-time how your focus and breathing effects your heart rate, nervous system, and level of bodily cohesion.  Stop by room K125/7 Monday February 10th from 1-1:50 to see how this new technology works and play interactive games designed to help you decompress!