School: it's a part of our lives that none can escape. Especially nowadays, earning a degree at an institution of higher learning is a must if we want to get some money in the bank--or even just have a job. Of course, getting a degree is no easy business: as it requires taking a lot of classes. But this info isn't just for those in college; it's also for those who are in high school or are taking a class of some type and need to pass a test or class of some sort. Anyway, on to how to pass classes and tests with minimal stress.

Go to class

Okay, if you're in high school, this really doesn't apply, since attendance is mandatory. But if you're in college, you know it's a bit different. Even though attending class might nnot be mandatory, it's good to go to class, pay attention, AND TAKE VERY GOOD NOTES. If you take good notes and pay attention, you will be fine because 1) The professor won't normally test about anything not covered in class and 2) if you ever need to study for a test, you won't need to go flipping frantically through the zillion pages to find an answer. Everything that's in the book will be summarized in your notes. When you go to class, you won't be worried about what might be on the exam.

Read your text

Though attending the class and paying attention should be okay, it might be a good idea to read your textbook so you can see the information again and retain it. You don't have to read it meticulously, but it'd be good to go over the material again. This could definitely help in picking up answers to those trick questions on exams.

Do the homework and practice problems

We all hate doing homework (if you don't, please look up a psychological problem article on infoBarrel as this might help you) , but doing this unpleasant work helps to retain the material. Do as many problems as you can until you feel comfortable with the material. This way, when you take a test, you won't be worried about how you should approach the problem: you will already know what to do.


Without the time factor, there'd be no stress. But, time is a factor, so all that I wrote above needs to be done with time considered. For instance, you could do all those problems, but if you do them all before a test, that's causing too much stress. So, keep up with your homework. Don't procrastinate. Instead of watching TV after class or going through StumbleUpon (yes, I know we all do it), do some homework. If you have nothing to do (happens most times), do homework. Keeping up with the material will keep your stress under control, allow for you to ask for questions on things you need help with, and allows time to...

Have Fun

If you've felt like you've done enough work for the day, and you've kept up in class, have fun. Don't kill yourself over those two problems you can't solve. Instead, go out with your friends, excercise, watch Inception, or surf the web (now you're free to Stumble!). 


If you find yourself tired from a night of studying, something is wrong. You need sleep to function, and your work should be done beforehand. Without sleep, you won't be able to retain the material as well, so instead, do your work early, and once you get tired, sleep.

Passing a class doesn't always have to be stressful, but most times, we make it out to be that way. Of course, sometimes a person's schedule can be full--HONESTLY full--and that is understandable. In those cases, these tips can help reduce stress. But for anyone else (procrastinators), these tips will leave you laughing at your classmates the day of the test when they have bags under their eyes from an all-nighter, and you are well rested after watching The Office the night before.