By Angel Godfrey | April 17, 2023
It is that time of the year again. The month of April can be very overwhelming. With limited time ahead left in the semester, it can be easy to feel discouraged. One major thing students must overcome is everyone’s favorite activity: procrastination.
Procrastination is linked with depression, anxiety, and poor study habits. In order to minimize this, set small goals. We often make the mistake of trying to accomplish one big task in a short amount of time. Give yourself time and you will find yourself in a calmer situation. Plus, the more time you spend on a project, the better your grade will be. Here are a few tips to help you get over that late semester slump:
Tip #1: Stay organized. Many students also struggle with organization. Poor organization skills can make tasks seem more daunting than they are, and leaves students with too much to sort through before completing a project. Focus your attention on one thing and one thing only. Trying to accomplish too many tasks at once is a recipe for disaster. Remove distractions as much as possible. Put your phone on do not disturb, or study at the library. Staying focused will pay off at the end of the semester.
Tip #2: Lean on your support network. No one can go through college alone. Studying with friends is a motivator, and talking to them about stressful situations can help you to cool off. Chances are, your friends likely need someone to talk to as well. Take breaks with your friends in between study sessions to avoid burnout. Cramming is not effective for studying and will only hurt you.
Tip #3: Get an adequate amount of sleep. Although many of us stay up late, sleep is important. Being tired throughout the day makes it harder to concentrate, and your brain might feel too hazy to do anything. Taking an afternoon nap instead of accomplishing work can lead you to fall behind in classes. Delete TikTok if necessary and try to go to sleep as early as possible. Your body will thank you.
Tip #4: Celebrate your accomplishments. Reflect on how far you have come. Staying motivated during the semester is not an easy thing to achieve. With so many things going on physically, mentally and emotionally it can all be overwhelming. Those endless hours of studying, waking up early, and sleepless nights will pay off when it is your turn to walk across the graduation stage.