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Tips to Finish The Semester Strong

For college students all around, we have reached the near end of the fall semester. We have all just finished our fall break and we’re already missing our beds back at home. This is also the time of the semester where things start to catch up on you. You haven’t had “early semester pep” in your tank for quite some time, any energy you have left was used during your last round of exams, and the sight of the end seems too far away to get excited about. Fortunately, there are ways to make it through the rest of the semester without burning out completely.

Get Organized

Odds are at this point in your semester, your backpack is messy, disorganized, if there even is a pencil in there, it’s broken, and there’s at least one piece of paper crinkled and/or in the wrong folder. It’s time to get organized.

First, focus on your physical belongings that go in your backpack. This includes your classwork, headphones, writing utensils, Tylenol, and so on. Everything has its place. You know it does, it had a place a few months ago when your backpack still looked like a productive student wore it. Scattering all of your belongings out on the floor or on your bed, placing them in the correct piles is the easiest way to declutter.

When it comes to your computer, make sure your desktop doesn’t look like a digital tornado came through it.

Using a flash drive, sort through all the files and properly label them so it will be easier to navigate during finals week or a future semester.

Get Enough Sleep

While it may seem like a competition sometimes among friends in college on whom sleeps the least amount in a given night, it’s not a challenge you should take on. While college students rarely receive eight hours a night, it’s important to make sure you are well rested, both physically and mentally. This means allowing yourself to deep sleep for as long as you can. This does not mean falling asleep on your couch while binge-watching The Office for the fourth time. This means in your bed, with no belongings on it, resting to your best ability.

Schedule Yourself Properly

Having some type of calendar is crucial, whether this is a physical calendar, a whiteboard calendar, an electronic calendar, or a daily planner app of some kind.

Once you know what kind of calendar you want to use, figure out how you plan on scheduling yourself. This varies for everyone because of their workload, and their own personal limitations. For instance, if you know you have a 6-8 page paper due next week, it might be a smart idea to move around a study group to make time.

When creating your schedule, be sure to think about how long assignments will take you, a time for meals, and some free time as well. If you schedule yourself properly, you should have less stress on your shoulders when it comes to finals week.

Understand Your Weaknesses

I personally struggle with staying on task. I check social media when writing papers, look for food to eat and find conversations so I can avoid my assignment. Understanding this helps me make adjustments and use tools that can assist with this.

When writing a paper, I use Cold Turkey Writer. This is a computer application that turns your computer into a typewriter. It only allows you to write and won’t allow you to quit the application until you reach a certain number of words, or after a certain period of time.

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