It’s hard to believe that the fall semester is already nearing a close. It feels like just yesterday that I was picking classes and stressing out about the first day of the semester. It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when you’re stressing out about a million and one different things. But it’s important to keep your head on straight when you’re flying forward towards the end of a long semester. Here are some tips for finishing out strong!
Don’t skip class.
I know it’s probably tempting to start to skip class now that midterms are just about over and there’s a lull in assignments and responsibilities but it’s SUPER important to keep attending class and not let yourself slip behind.
Prepare in advance.
This is something I struggle with semester after semester but it will really help you if you make sure you are staying on top of everything and preparing for exams, assignments, etc. well in advance. I write out all of my due dates in my planner and at the beginning of each week I take a look at what’s due soon. And not just in the current week, but two to three weeks in advance. It helps me to see what sorts of assignments and exams are coming up so I can begin to prepare.
Get enough sleep and don’t skip meals.
I know how hard it is. Trust me. But you have to make sure you are both getting enough sleep AND eating right! It’s so tempting to skip meals when you’re on a roll but you have to make sure you find the time to grab something to eat. I promise your paper can wait!
If you feel like you’re struggling and your grades aren’t reflecting your best work, make sure you hit up those office hours. Professors have them for a reason and if you take advantage of them, it really looks good on you and it will start to reflect in your grades! A lot of people really underestimate how much going to office hours can really help you in the long run. The key is to catch it early and make it a point to talk to your professor about ways to improve. Most of the time (if you’ve been struggling for a while), going to see a professor in the final few weeks of the semester isn’t usually beneficial but you should still take advantage of it!
Take time to do something fun.
The best way to combat burnout is to make sure you are still spending some time doing fun things! School can get stressful really quickly, but the best way to make sure you don’t want to crawl in a hole until winter break is to break up your study sessions with something fun like going to dinner with friends, or even heading to a party!
Hopefully these tips were helpful for you, and you can finish the semester strong and stress-free! What sorts of things do you do to make sure you stay on track as the semester draws to a close?