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You’re over halfway there! First rounds of midterms are through, spring break is just ahead, and you’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But with all that may come a growing workload, dwindling motivation, more erratic sleeping habits and heightened stress.
Sound familiar to you? Try some of these tips to pick yourself back up, stay on track and finish it out on a strong note.
- Map it out and form a plan: Review your syllabi and planner and make sure all of your due dates match up. This will let you “map out” your study course and plan your schedule for the rest of the semester.
- Check in with your goals: This is a great time to take a step back and objectively reevaluate your performance so far. Are you where you want to be? What steps can you take to get or stay on track to accomplishing personal goals? Maybe write some down, as well as manageable steps you can take get there in the coming weeks.
- Pay your professor and TA a visit: If you haven’t done it already (or even if you have), it doesn’t hurt to go into office hours and talk with your instructors about, well, anything! If you’re unhappy with an exam grade, this is a good opportunity to get pointers on how to improve before finals. Bring in any past tests or papers, so your TA and professor can provide individualized feedback.
General tip: Even if you don’t have a specific reason for going into office hours, it’s still a good idea to drop by. Meeting with instructors is another way for them to recognize you, and if you do end up needing their help later on, it’ll be less intimidating.
- Connect with family and loved ones for support: Feeling the stress? Reach out to your family or friends. Checking in on those you care about, and who care about you, is a nice reminder of your support system. Plus, they can offer valuable advice and guidance.
- Keep some perspective: Remind yourself that your school work is like a full time job, and should be treated as such. Are you putting in the amount of time and energy that your studies require? If not, it may be time to hit up tip #2 and work to make studying a higher goal, which might require making other sacrifices to keep tabs on what you decide is most important.
- Spice it up: Been studying in the same library, at the same desk all semester? Try switching up your routine and changing your scenery! A new study atmosphere might provide new levels of motivation and energy to help you plug through till the end. And on a campus this size, there’s no shortage of new places to discover!
- Respect your health: This is huge, and should naturally happen if you follow our other tips! This means getting sleep, eating well, exercising routinely, keeping your priorities in check, and effectively managing your time so that you’re able to do activities that bring you joy and satisfaction. Keeping your mind and body healthy will keep you focused and driven through finals.
Keep these tips in mind next time you start to feel overwhelmed. And just remember, you’ve made it this far already! Study on, Badgers!