Many students find that their motivation starts to wane as the end of the semester approaches. You’ve already completed countless papers, projects, and tests, but you still have to face finals. To finish strong, there are a few things you need to do.
1. Stick to a Schedule
A schedule will help you fit everything you need to do into your week. Split every day into blocks of time. Designate slots for classes, working on particular assignments, preparing for exams, clubs, shifts at your part-time job, and any other commitments you have.
2. Make Time for Self-Care
Use your schedule to make sure you have time to relax every day. It’s easy to feel like you need to be studying all the time as finals approach, but this will only increase your risk of burnout. Find different activities to do that you enjoy, such as playing sports with friends, trying out a new recipe, or practising mindfulness.
3. Go to All Your Classes
If you’re worried about falling behind with your homework, it may be tempting to skip a class and use the extra time to catch up. However, you’ll likely find that it’s more difficult to study material on your own than if you had attended the class, which will only mean you’ll fall further behind.
4. Set Attainable Goals
Rather than setting one big goal (such as to pass all your classes this semester), come up with several smaller milestones. For instance, you could aim to complete a paper or readings by a certain date, exercise every day, or go to bed at the same time each night for a week. Every time you meet one of your goals, give yourself a small reward.
5. Cut Down on Caffeine
Avoid relying on caffeine in coffee and energy drinks to keep alert. You’ll find that it gradually stops having any effect and just makes you more exhausted. If you’re tired, the solution is to organize your time better until you stop needing to stay up late working on assignments.
6. Decide on Your Priorities
You may find that you no longer have enough time to do everything you’d like to do. When deciding how to use your time, think about the highest priority, rather than what appeals most.
7. Create a Comfortable Workspace
You’ll find it easier to study if you have a dedicated workspace that’s clutter free and aids your focus. Clear your desk to ensure you have plenty of space for all your papers and books, keep stationery at hand, and ensure nothing is lying around that could distract you.
8. Reach Out for Help
Never feel like you need to struggle alone. Your university likely has many resources to help you, whether you need support for your academics or mental health.
9. Cut Out Time-Wasters
Reduce the hours you spend on social media and other addictive apps on your phone. It can help to set time limits through your phone settings or just turn off notifications.
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