I am from Nepal. I am computer engineering student. We have 7 subjects per semester. We have options to take fewer courses exams per semester. But this is Nepal, graduating even a month later is not culturally accepted here, otherwise I would have decided to not take 1 or 2 exams fewer.

So that is not the option.

I study for may be around 3/4 hrs during class days and around 8 hrs during no class days i.e 1 month before exam. The rule for studying in engineering is 3x the lectures that you have. We have 25 hrs of lectures per week, so 75 hrs of study per week is the bare minimum to succeed, I don't do that much though...

I am an average student, I love studying computer engineering. I find it fun. I studied with my own nobody forced me to do it.

But always during exams, I get burnt out. I did well in my first exam as I studied 8 hrs for 3 days continuously. (We have 3 days exam gaps before each exam).

I get burnt out during only 1 exam or 2 exam at max. Not all. How do I recover quickly from burn out. Tommorow is my exam and I got burnt out the day before, I didn't know about stackexchange or else I would have asked previously (it didn't come to my mind)...I don't want this to repeat again. My exam tomorrow is gone. Of course I will pass as I have already completed the syllabus. But I won't get good marks like I expected. This happens a lot to me.

This is going to ruin my future. Due to this my net gpa will be extremely low. Which won't really show my true knowledge. I don't know who will take me in the future with such a low gpa. Every postgraduate program wants you to get higher gpa, every job always selects people with higher gpa and here I am losing gpa on subjects that I have already completed just because of burn out. I think my life is finished tbh...I have very little hope at this moment.

My medical conditions-:

I am taking medicine olanzapine and fludep. They don't have any side effects on me. But they help me a lot for my mental health issues. In the past it was even worse than this.

  • It seems like a heavy load. I was once in that situation and was able to drop a course to relieve it. Does your university have a counseling office that can help with such problems? They are fairly common.
    – Buffy
    Sep 17, 2021 at 14:16
  • I am not very familiar with the culture in Nepal, so this may be off the mark. But it seems there is external pressure on you to finish the coursework faster than required by the University system. It's perhaps worth keeping in mind that such external pressure can feel overwhelming in the moment, but sometimes turns out not to be so important five years later. It might be worth thinking about whether your job prospects will be better taking a few extra months or a year to get better grades at University, than finishing more quickly with a less good understanding.
    – Andrew
    Sep 18, 2021 at 3:53
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    My instinct is that comparing yourself to others ("none of the students take classes off") is exactly the kind of thing that seems important now, but turns out not to be in five years. What matters is whether you will be successful in your life. I would guess (again, with major caveats around cultural differences), that many employers would prefer to hire someone with a stronger background and gpa that took one extra year at school, than someone who finished "on time" but has a poor gpa. (I would rather work for such an employer!) Reducing workload is surely a way to help with burnout.
    – Andrew
    Sep 18, 2021 at 4:15
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    I was a great student in high school and struggled a lot when I started college. I'm sure the details of my situation aren't transferrable, but I found (a) the environment to be very different and difficult to adjust to, (b) going from being a big fish in a small pond to just another fish in a huge pond to be very challenging, (c) the level of the work was higher than I was used to and I needed to put in more effort than I had before. Don't spend too much time comparing yourself to others, that way lies madness. Focus on what you can control.
    – Andrew
    Sep 18, 2021 at 5:45
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    Also I went to school in an era well before covid. I can only imagine that makes everything much harder.
    – Andrew
    Sep 18, 2021 at 5:46


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