Stress and Fatigue Top Students' Concerns About College Exam Time

Nov 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

    CHICAGO, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased pressure for good grades has
 many college students taking the wrong approach when it comes to exam time
 preparation.
     According to a recent survey(1) from The Princeton Review, in conjunction
 with Wrigley, more than 85 percent of American and Canadian college students
 admit to feeling increased stress and tension at exam time, in many cases
 leading them to make less healthy choices such as snacking on high-calorie
 foods, drinking caffeine, and late night study sessions.
     "How students manage exam-time stress can have a huge impact on their
 ability to perform under pressure," says Robin Raskin, director of
 communications, The Princeton Review. "Today's students feel an intense
 pressure to achieve good grades, choosing poor stress-management techniques
 can work against their scholastic goals."
 
     Under Pressure
     The survey revealed that college students are dealing with exam time
 pressure by making choices which can negatively affect their scholastic
 performance, as well as their overall health.  These include:
 
     -- Increased snacking during study time:  This habit ranked the highest
        among students from both countries: 76 percent are hitting the fridge
        (47 percent to combat boredom, 32 percent to relieve stress).
     -- The caffeine buzz:  A majority of students (62 percent) admit to
        drinking caffeinated drinks to help increase focus and concentration
        while studying.
     -- Burning the midnight oil:  More than a third of students (37 percent)
        report that they do most of their studying between 9 p.m. and midnight.
 
     "These choices can lead to burnout for many students," continues Raskin.
 "Exam time has always been stressful, but loss of sleep, increased caffeine
 consumption and unhealthy snacking are sure-fire ways to create a less than
 optimal exam-time performance."
     However, some students are finding ways to meet the challenges of studying
 for exam time, such as listening to classical music and chewing gum. The
 survey also uncovered that classical music is students' favorite music to
 listen to when studying. And of the students who chew gum while studying for
 exams, 41 percent do so to combat stress and tension and 23 percent to
 increase focus and concentration. In fact, research has found that chewing gum
 stimulates certain areas of the brain (as measured by EEG) which may have a
 relationship to reducing tension. Further, one study conducted in 2002(2)
 showed that chewing gum appeared to improve people's ability to retain and
 retrieve information.
 
     Stressbusters
     Study experts at The Princeton Review recommend a few simple tips to
 enhance studying and dealing with exam stress. These include:
 
     -- Exercising or socializing during study breaks: Many schools have
        created events like midnight runs or movie breaks to help students cope
        with stress.
     -- Find the right time: Students should experiment with different times of
        the day to find their best study time, but they should pick a time when
        they are alert and ready to concentrate.
     -- Create a calming and productive atmosphere:  An effective study area
        should have good lighting and ventilation, a comfortable chair, and a
        space large enough to spread out your materials. Listening to one's
        favorite music also helps.
     -- Chew gum. The gum experts at Wrigley recommend chewing gum to help
        relieve stress and tension and to help increase focus and concentration
        during studying and test-taking. An added bonus, it also is a low-
        calorie substitute for eating snacks when stressed.
 
     Wrigley Relief
     To help students cope with exam time stress, Wrigley, the Official Sponsor
 of Finals Week, will be visiting select campuses across the country from Nov.
 28, 2005 through Dec. 9, 2005, offering students an opportunity to relax and
 relieve test-time tension at the Wrigley Gum Lounge. Campuses include: North
 Carolina State University; Temple University; Ohio State University; Purdue
 University; University of South Carolina; Florida State University; University
 of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of New Mexico.
     "Wrigley wants to offer students a chance to recharge their batteries and
 prepare themselves for exams," says Kelly McGrail, senior director of
 corporate relations, Wrigley. "As the Official Sponsor of Finals Week, Wrigley
 will give students a place where they can unwind, receive study advice from
 the experts at The Princeton Review and enter for a chance to win $1,000 for
 books or tuition."
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley have also developed a Web site with
 additional study tips, fun gum facts and information about the Wrigley Gum
 Lounge. Students can log on to http://www.PrincetonReview.com for more
 details.
 
     About The Princeton Review
     The Princeton Review (Nasdaq:   REVU) is a pioneer in the world of
 education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company
 offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help
 students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests.
 The Company's free website, http://www.PrincetonReview.com , helps over half
 of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to
 pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and
 universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities. In
 addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to
 measurably strengthen students' academic skills by connecting ongoing
 assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing
 districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance
 counselors. The Company also authors more than 200 print and software titles
 on test preparation, college and graduate school selection and admissions, and
 related topics.
 
     About The Wrigley Company
     The Wrigley Company is a recognized leader in the confectionery field and
 the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum, with global
 sales of more than $4.0 billion. The Company markets its world-famous brands
 in more than 180 countries. Three of these brands -- Wrigley's Spearmint(R),
 Juicy Fruit(R), and Altoids(R) -- have heritages stretching back more than a
 century. Other brands include Doublemint(R), Life Savers(R), Big Red(R),
 Boomer(R), Pim Pom(R), Winterfresh(R), Extra(R), Freedent(R), Hubba Bubba(R),
 Orbit(R), Excel(R), Creme Savers(R), Eclipse(R), Airwaves(R), Alpine(R),
 Solano(R), Sugus(R), Cool Air(R), and P.K.(R).
 
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley Study Habits Survey
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley Student Study Habits Survey discovered a
 number of other studying habits and exam-time trends and differences between
 Canadian and U.S. students, including:
 
     -- Stressed-out: The results revealed that an overwhelming number of
        students, more than 85 percent, admit to feeling increased stress and
        tension at exam time, leading many to make poor coping choices.
 
     -- Chewing gum: According to the survey, 41 percent of students who chew
        gum while studying do so to relieve stress and tension. And 23 percent
        chew gum to increase focus and concentration.
 
     -- Increased snacking during study time:  This habit ranked the highest
        among students from both the U.S. and Canada: 76 percent are hitting
        the fridge (47 percent to combat boredom, 32 percent to relieve
        stress).
 
     -- The caffeine buzz:  A majority of students (62 percent) admit to
        drinking caffeinated drinks to help increase focus and concentration
        while studying.
 
     -- Music for the brain:  When given a selection of music genres they enjoy
        studying to, the majority of students' choice was Classical music.
 
     -- The social butterfly versus the couch potato:  American students rank
        socializing as their favorite study break (29 percent), where the
        majority of Canadians (28 percent) selected watching TV/movies as their
        activity of choice during study breaks.
 
     -- Americans procrastinate: American students are more likely than their
        Canadian counterparts to hit the books one week in advance of exams (62
        percent). Canadians are more likely to prepare further in advance, with
        the majority of Canadian respondents (69 percent) saying that they
        begin studying between one month and two weeks prior to exams.
 
     -- Canadians study longer: Half of Canadian respondents report spending
        between 20-24 hours preparing for exams. American students vary in
        their response, with the majority (28 percent) citing between 10-14
        hours of preparation.
 
     -- Night and day: Canadians were more likely to study during the daytime
        hours than their American counterparts.
 
     Lending a Helping Hand:
     Parents and schools can help students prepare for exams and reduce the
 stress they feel at this time of the year. The following are a few
 suggestions, courtesy of Wrigley and The Princeton Review, which can help
 students with exam time pressures:
 
     -- Care Packages:  There's nothing like a care package from the folks to
        lighten students' stress and let them know they've got family rooting
        for them. Include items such as stress toys, a classical music CD,
        chewing gum and healthy snacks like nuts or dried fruit.
 
     -- On Campus Activities:  Whether it's campus-organized study sessions --
        or study breaks -- student services are always there to help when
        students are stressed out and need some help getting ready for the big
        week of exams.
 
     -- Wrigley - Official Sponsor of Finals Week:  Before exam weeks, Wrigley
        will visit 11 College and University campuses across Canada and the
        U.S. to provide students with a place to unwind, have a chance to win
        $1,000 for books and tuition and receive study advice from the experts
        at The Princeton Review.
 
     (1) The Princeton Review and Wrigley. "Study Habits Survey." Nationwide
         online survey conducted from September 9, 2005 to October 21, 2005
         among 8,930 U.S. and Canadian college and university students.
         http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224L9U7XRE2 (accessed
         November 16, 2005).
     (2) Wilkinson L., Scholey A., Wesness K. "Chewing gum selectively improves
         memory in healthy volunteers." Appetite. 2002 June; 38 (3): 235-236
 
 
     For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:
 
     Denise Young                     Kelly McGrail
     Edelman                          Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
     (312) 297-7409                   (312) 645-4754,
     denise.young@edelman.com         kmcgrail@wrigley.com
 
 

SOURCE Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    CHICAGO, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased pressure for good grades has
 many college students taking the wrong approach when it comes to exam time
 preparation.
     According to a recent survey(1) from The Princeton Review, in conjunction
 with Wrigley, more than 85 percent of American and Canadian college students
 admit to feeling increased stress and tension at exam time, in many cases
 leading them to make less healthy choices such as snacking on high-calorie
 foods, drinking caffeine, and late night study sessions.
     "How students manage exam-time stress can have a huge impact on their
 ability to perform under pressure," says Robin Raskin, director of
 communications, The Princeton Review. "Today's students feel an intense
 pressure to achieve good grades, choosing poor stress-management techniques
 can work against their scholastic goals."
 
     Under Pressure
     The survey revealed that college students are dealing with exam time
 pressure by making choices which can negatively affect their scholastic
 performance, as well as their overall health.  These include:
 
     -- Increased snacking during study time:  This habit ranked the highest
        among students from both countries: 76 percent are hitting the fridge
        (47 percent to combat boredom, 32 percent to relieve stress).
     -- The caffeine buzz:  A majority of students (62 percent) admit to
        drinking caffeinated drinks to help increase focus and concentration
        while studying.
     -- Burning the midnight oil:  More than a third of students (37 percent)
        report that they do most of their studying between 9 p.m. and midnight.
 
     "These choices can lead to burnout for many students," continues Raskin.
 "Exam time has always been stressful, but loss of sleep, increased caffeine
 consumption and unhealthy snacking are sure-fire ways to create a less than
 optimal exam-time performance."
     However, some students are finding ways to meet the challenges of studying
 for exam time, such as listening to classical music and chewing gum. The
 survey also uncovered that classical music is students' favorite music to
 listen to when studying. And of the students who chew gum while studying for
 exams, 41 percent do so to combat stress and tension and 23 percent to
 increase focus and concentration. In fact, research has found that chewing gum
 stimulates certain areas of the brain (as measured by EEG) which may have a
 relationship to reducing tension. Further, one study conducted in 2002(2)
 showed that chewing gum appeared to improve people's ability to retain and
 retrieve information.
 
     Stressbusters
     Study experts at The Princeton Review recommend a few simple tips to
 enhance studying and dealing with exam stress. These include:
 
     -- Exercising or socializing during study breaks: Many schools have
        created events like midnight runs or movie breaks to help students cope
        with stress.
     -- Find the right time: Students should experiment with different times of
        the day to find their best study time, but they should pick a time when
        they are alert and ready to concentrate.
     -- Create a calming and productive atmosphere:  An effective study area
        should have good lighting and ventilation, a comfortable chair, and a
        space large enough to spread out your materials. Listening to one's
        favorite music also helps.
     -- Chew gum. The gum experts at Wrigley recommend chewing gum to help
        relieve stress and tension and to help increase focus and concentration
        during studying and test-taking. An added bonus, it also is a low-
        calorie substitute for eating snacks when stressed.
 
     Wrigley Relief
     To help students cope with exam time stress, Wrigley, the Official Sponsor
 of Finals Week, will be visiting select campuses across the country from Nov.
 28, 2005 through Dec. 9, 2005, offering students an opportunity to relax and
 relieve test-time tension at the Wrigley Gum Lounge. Campuses include: North
 Carolina State University; Temple University; Ohio State University; Purdue
 University; University of South Carolina; Florida State University; University
 of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of New Mexico.
     "Wrigley wants to offer students a chance to recharge their batteries and
 prepare themselves for exams," says Kelly McGrail, senior director of
 corporate relations, Wrigley. "As the Official Sponsor of Finals Week, Wrigley
 will give students a place where they can unwind, receive study advice from
 the experts at The Princeton Review and enter for a chance to win $1,000 for
 books or tuition."
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley have also developed a Web site with
 additional study tips, fun gum facts and information about the Wrigley Gum
 Lounge. Students can log on to http://www.PrincetonReview.com for more
 details.
 
     About The Princeton Review
     The Princeton Review (Nasdaq:   REVU) is a pioneer in the world of
 education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company
 offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help
 students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests.
 The Company's free website, http://www.PrincetonReview.com , helps over half
 of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to
 pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and
 universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities. In
 addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to
 measurably strengthen students' academic skills by connecting ongoing
 assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing
 districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance
 counselors. The Company also authors more than 200 print and software titles
 on test preparation, college and graduate school selection and admissions, and
 related topics.
 
     About The Wrigley Company
     The Wrigley Company is a recognized leader in the confectionery field and
 the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum, with global
 sales of more than $4.0 billion. The Company markets its world-famous brands
 in more than 180 countries. Three of these brands -- Wrigley's Spearmint(R),
 Juicy Fruit(R), and Altoids(R) -- have heritages stretching back more than a
 century. Other brands include Doublemint(R), Life Savers(R), Big Red(R),
 Boomer(R), Pim Pom(R), Winterfresh(R), Extra(R), Freedent(R), Hubba Bubba(R),
 Orbit(R), Excel(R), Creme Savers(R), Eclipse(R), Airwaves(R), Alpine(R),
 Solano(R), Sugus(R), Cool Air(R), and P.K.(R).
 
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley Study Habits Survey
     The Princeton Review and Wrigley Student Study Habits Survey discovered a
 number of other studying habits and exam-time trends and differences between
 Canadian and U.S. students, including:
 
     -- Stressed-out: The results revealed that an overwhelming number of
        students, more than 85 percent, admit to feeling increased stress and
        tension at exam time, leading many to make poor coping choices.
 
     -- Chewing gum: According to the survey, 41 percent of students who chew
        gum while studying do so to relieve stress and tension. And 23 percent
        chew gum to increase focus and concentration.
 
     -- Increased snacking during study time:  This habit ranked the highest
        among students from both the U.S. and Canada: 76 percent are hitting
        the fridge (47 percent to combat boredom, 32 percent to relieve
        stress).
 
     -- The caffeine buzz:  A majority of students (62 percent) admit to
        drinking caffeinated drinks to help increase focus and concentration
        while studying.
 
     -- Music for the brain:  When given a selection of music genres they enjoy
        studying to, the majority of students' choice was Classical music.
 
     -- The social butterfly versus the couch potato:  American students rank
        socializing as their favorite study break (29 percent), where the
        majority of Canadians (28 percent) selected watching TV/movies as their
        activity of choice during study breaks.
 
     -- Americans procrastinate: American students are more likely than their
        Canadian counterparts to hit the books one week in advance of exams (62
        percent). Canadians are more likely to prepare further in advance, with
        the majority of Canadian respondents (69 percent) saying that they
        begin studying between one month and two weeks prior to exams.
 
     -- Canadians study longer: Half of Canadian respondents report spending
        between 20-24 hours preparing for exams. American students vary in
        their response, with the majority (28 percent) citing between 10-14
        hours of preparation.
 
     -- Night and day: Canadians were more likely to study during the daytime
        hours than their American counterparts.
 
     Lending a Helping Hand:
     Parents and schools can help students prepare for exams and reduce the
 stress they feel at this time of the year. The following are a few
 suggestions, courtesy of Wrigley and The Princeton Review, which can help
 students with exam time pressures:
 
     -- Care Packages:  There's nothing like a care package from the folks to
        lighten students' stress and let them know they've got family rooting
        for them. Include items such as stress toys, a classical music CD,
        chewing gum and healthy snacks like nuts or dried fruit.
 
     -- On Campus Activities:  Whether it's campus-organized study sessions --
        or study breaks -- student services are always there to help when
        students are stressed out and need some help getting ready for the big
        week of exams.
 
     -- Wrigley - Official Sponsor of Finals Week:  Before exam weeks, Wrigley
        will visit 11 College and University campuses across Canada and the
        U.S. to provide students with a place to unwind, have a chance to win
        $1,000 for books and tuition and receive study advice from the experts
        at The Princeton Review.
 
     (1) The Princeton Review and Wrigley. "Study Habits Survey." Nationwide
         online survey conducted from September 9, 2005 to October 21, 2005
         among 8,930 U.S. and Canadian college and university students.
         http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224L9U7XRE2 (accessed
         November 16, 2005).
     (2) Wilkinson L., Scholey A., Wesness K. "Chewing gum selectively improves
         memory in healthy volunteers." Appetite. 2002 June; 38 (3): 235-236
 
 
     For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:
 
     Denise Young                     Kelly McGrail
     Edelman                          Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
     (312) 297-7409                   (312) 645-4754,
     denise.young@edelman.com         kmcgrail@wrigley.com
 
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