I've had my moments in the past where I would stay up late at night to finish a paper/assignment or studying for an exam the following day. (One night, I only got 1.5 hours of sleep. No joke!) Form what I've learned from my classes so far this semester, one of the most important things is not to stress over the material. The last few days, I've been studying for a midterm this afternoon (which I just finished a while ago, in fact). I had to remind myself at times to look at/focus on a certain issue, topic or (in this case) play, in order to really understand the material and not try to cram everything in at once. That's the wrong way to prepare for an exam, not to mention overwhelming.
My exam went better than I thought it would, which was a relief. But that doesn't mean it will be the same the next time, nor that I should take my studying and education for granted. I started making notes this morning for what to consider for next time, such as making a list of issues or subjects related to what is being discussed in class. Personally, I have no desire to go through routine. (I still have a bit of that in me, to be honest.) As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, to learn is to explore, to experiment, to go through several drafts to see what works and what doesn't, and so forth. Glass half-full, one day at a time, and all that jazz!
I hope this gives you all encouragement, especially if you, yourselves, have midterms or exams coming up.
Wishing you less stress,