We know the feeling, you've had a taste of spring break and now you're counting down the days until that big break: SUMMER. RedShelf has provided you with a few tips to staying motivated towards the end of the semester!
#1. Make Time for Work and Play
Since you are probably facing a few weeks that consist of final projects and prepping for big exams, it is crucial to stay organized. Along with staying organized and keeping on top of your work and projects, it is also equally important to schedule something fun in between study sessions. This will help keep your morale up!
#2. Re-Assess Your Goals
Remember how you began the semester with goals of achieving great grades, working hard in your courses, and putting forth you best effort? Well, think about those again and why you are pursuing the degree you are in. By calling to mind our goals, it helps motivate us forward and closer to achieving them!
#3. Plan Ahead!
If you want to plan for fun, then we can't stress enough how important it is to PLAN AHEAD! Did you professors provide you with instructions for final projects? Are there certain pieces of a paper that you know you can get started and completed well before the due date? What about projects that you already know are going to take quite a bit of time? Plan these types of things out and include them in your daily tasks when your sitting at your favorite spot to get stuff done! Planning ahead will help you continue to stay organized.
#4. Get a Good Night's Sleep
While you may be the type of student to get more work done late at night, or even by pulling an all-nighter, it is also important to get rest. Sleep is an important part of functioning at your best every day in order to have a successful day. Sleep is also crucial for our immune systems to perform at their best. When you lack sleep, your opening the gates to catching a cold or getting even more sick than you anticipated. This of course would set you back in your studies and homework, too!
#5. Reward Yourself
Reverting back to our earlier statement of incorporating play time into your crazy schedule, it is important to equally reward yourself. You might have some very difficult exams to study for, or a group project to complete that took you a lot of time to work on. When you complete a major assignment, don't be afraid to pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to a movie or even an ice cream sundae! You deserve it!
#6. Stay Healthy
If your finals diet was anything like ours, it included a coffee and bad snacks on hand at all times. While you may be consuming more caffeinated drinks, it remains important to not stray too far from your typical exercising schedule. Print off your study guide and take it with you to the gym. There you can find an open stationary bike or eliptical and pedal away while quizzing yourself on key terms and concepts!
#7. Find Support
Lean on your friends or form a study group with colleagues that may be taking the same final or turning in similar projects. Haven't seen your beloved roommates in a while because you have been cooped up in your favorite stop at the library? Why not invite them to join you in the library, or join you for a quick study break? Seeing them working just as hard during finals could be beneficial to push you along in your studies as well!
#8. Make a list!
When all else fails, make a to-do list, but one that you will actually check off the items on it! Believe us when we say, it provides an extra bit of satisfaction checking off things on that lengthy to do list and watching it grow smaller and smaller.
#9. Take a step back and Breathe!
When you're feeling yourself becoming overwhelmed or overly stressed, just take a quick second to breathe.
#10. Stay positive!
When the going gets tough, keep on going! Just remember: the end of the semester is in sight and you will soon be off for summer break!