STUDENT LIFE / JAN. 04, 2015
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Tips for Avoiding the End-of-Semester Slump in College

Many students find it hard to complete their education requirements in college. For those who do, congratulations on your early preparedness. Putting off your work until the last minute can prove to be very counterproductive and stressful. When students exit from high school, they are stepping into an entirely new academic world that has different expectations, different responsibilities and different perspectives.

More time, study strategies, self-discipline and commitment is required for college students to achieve outstanding results. Read on to learn about ways to avoid the last minute rush in college.

1. Plan Ahead

Being aware of what you need to achieve – and when – is a sure way to help you plan ahead adequately. Instead of waiting for your work to pile up, prioritize on taking that crucial first step. It is advisable to break your tasks into smaller pieces and organize deadlines. Fix a deadline on each assignment and spread the work over a possibly wide range of time. By doing this, you will be able to give each task the attention it requires and finish it on time without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Know Your Responsibilities

During the most stressful times in college, such as the end of semester, some things are more detrimental than simply failing to understand your obligations. Any time you feel plagued by a sensation of having too much to do, a faint sense of frenzy can get way into your work. Being counterproductive, this can corrode your confidence leading to more worry and eventually to a detrimental downward spiral.

To prevent this, determine exactly what needs to be done as the semester nears its end. This needs a huge proactive behavior since assignments can sometimes seem to be unclear, and test structures and exam dates aren’t usually well communicated. Do not be afraid to touch base with your professors to clarify what is expected of you as this will help you plan ahead.

3. Finish Assignments Early

You might be surprised that the assignments that usually cause the most stress are always easy. However, when untouched throughout the semester, the anxiety they cause is simply disproportionate to the amount of work they need to be completed. If you tackle your assignments early enough and do not put off any coursework, you will have a larger edge come finals.

When your classmates will be stressed about writing their final assignments, you will be preparing for your exams with fewer worries since you shall have mastered much of the content. Ideally, you need to determine the assignments that should be completed within the first two months of the semester; ask for any clarifications and make a near-finished version of the assignments to revise when the deadline draws closer.

4. Take Significant Breaks

It is crucial to take breaks, especially when approaching the end of the semester. Do you expect to produce top-notch with tight deadlines and huge stress levels? You need to evaluate whether or not you are being realistic with your objectives. Although you might feel that no amount of study can prepare you appropriately, it is important to take meaningful breaks as this will keep your mind fresh for evaluation. Occasionally, rest is more important than any review or prep, as it reduces stress and helps keep your memory sharp.

Everyone gets a bit stressed towards the end of the semester. What are some of the things you do to avoid the end-of-semester slump? Kindly share with us in the comments section below.

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