If you're anything like me, your Spring Break just started. For most of us college students, this means blowing off schoolwork, sleeping, or spending a week at the beach if you're lucky. However, spring break is only a tease to what happens very soon, those long summer months of no papers to write/no tests to take. The mid-semester slump we all find ourselves in after this tease is over can break our academics and overall motivation if we aren't careful. Yes, we're all tired and want to quit. We're all sick of hearing professors lecture on about the same information over and over. However, here are 4 tips on how to beat this real epidemic happening to college students across the country at this very moment.
#1. Make your schoolwork a priority. The minute you return to campus from your much needed break, make a to-do list of every test and paper that is due for the rest of the semester. This may sound tedious, and Netflix may sound better. However, prioritizing your studies will help you finish off the semester strong, and will make your parents extra proud when you make Dean's List once again.
#2. Join a study group or find a friend to study with. You know those times when you're looking over your flashcards or reading your textbook and cant retain any of the information? This is most likely because of distractions around you. Studying with someone else helps keep you focused, and will give you someone to ask the difficult questions that you are not sure of to.
#3. Reach out to professors. Yes, they may seem intimidating and scary, but they are there to help you succeed. Towards the end of the semester, you may have questions about that final/paper that your classmates aren't able to help you with. Email that psych or statistics professor and you might get the answer you need back. Finish off the semester strong.
#4. Find a change of scenery. Sometimes, the places we choose to study aren't effective, such as in a crowded library. This prevents our brain from retaining information. Finding a new place to study can relax our brains and give a change of scenery as well. This will also help improve your mood, putting you in a better position to do well on finals. Happy studying!