The semester is really starting to wind down, and let me tell you it’s been one crazy ride. The countdown has really begun for our students; from our freshmen eagerly awaiting the title of “Sophomore” to the seniors getting ready to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, summer fever truly is in the air on campus. The only problem? With summer lurking around the corner, the motivation is starting to really drop!
I know that I’m SWAMPED with things to do for the next two weeks, from a 7 page research paper for Philosophy to 2 essays for Ethics to 2 BIG tests in Biochemistry and Physics… Not to mention the scary fact that finals are so close as well! It’s becoming extremely difficult to stay on task, knowing that classes are so close to being over! But one thing that every student (including our prospective students!) should know: slacking off now won’t make your grades better…. it probably will make them worse!
I’ve found that setting a to-do list and planning out my days has really helped me to stay motivated and keep me through the tedious work I have to get done. It’s so rewarding to be able to cross YET ANOTHER thing off my list once I’ve completed it! Also, procrastinating a large paper won’t help anything. I’ve learned that writing a page or two every night until the deadline really helps to breakdown the paper and make it less stressful to write. Not only can you guarantee that your writing makes sense (and isn’t filled with the late-night groggy typing we’ve all done before!), but it makes the paper feel shorter than it is
But even if some of these tips can’t help you to stay focus, I recommend taking a quick break, get some food, hang out with some friends, watch TV, or even go for a jog around campus. Lowering your stress levels will help you to re-structure your focus on the tasks at hand, and get you through the weeks
Well, I’m off to start studying for my Biochemistry test that’s tomorrow, until next time!