Finishing off your semester strong – ways to fight the end of the semester slack

When you’re in college the symptoms of  end of semester slack can be seen everywhere.  When you’re trying to balance extracurricular activities, a social life, and perhaps a part-time job, somewhere along the way homework begins to seem less important. Once that happens, school work begins to slide and so do grades.  Here are some ways to fight off the end of semester slack.

Step 1: Plan ahead. You already know what activities you’ll be involved in this year, so fitting all of it in without pulling your grades down is the goal. The best tool is a calendar or day planner. Write down all of your deadlines, papers, tests, events, meetings and so on.  By organizing your day/week/month you can have a better idea of how much time you will have to focus on school and if necessary, make time.  By creating a calendar or daily planner you are mentally and physically scheduling time to finish your homework and study.

Step 2: Don’t obsess. It’s easy to get caught up in your involvements and college activities and forget about the here and now.  Instead of getting involved in multiple things, assess what you have time for, do the things you have a passion for, and drop activities that you’re just not that committed to or do not need.

Step 3: Talk about it. Each semester can be exhausting and filled with emotions. Talk about these feelings, especially if you are graduating.  When you hold it all in your mind gets separated into many different areas of concern, which can distract you from what is necessary.  Good people to talk to are your friends, your parents, alumni, and anyone else who you respect.

Step 4: Have fun! There is a lot of work that goes into each semester of school, but it is necessary to take a break.  Make sure you take time to release some energy in order to relieve some stress and collect your thoughts.

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