By Courtney Bothun
It’s the middle of the semester, and we all know what that means – midterm burnout. If your classes are starting to get difficult, you’ve built up a resistance to caffeine, and your fashion standards have fallen from “gorgeous every day” to “at least I showered”, don’t worry! Here are five tips to keep you sharp through your midterm slump.
Change Things Up
Is there a specific place you always go to study? Whether it’s a cozy chair in the library that you practically live in, or your desk in the room that you actually live in, pack up your bag and move. A change of scenery can do wonders for your ability to concentrate!
Try out some new studying techniques, and pay attention to what works (and what doesn’t). If you’ve never studied with flashcards before, make a set for yourself and get a friend to quiz you! If you usually read first and ask questions later, slow it down a bit and take notes as you go. Try lots of different strategies to find what works best for you.
Avoid Procrastination Triggers
Okay, don’t completely avoid them – after all, what’s the point of life without an occasional Netflix binge? But do keep track of the reasons you procrastinate and be careful to balance them properly. One episode of Stranger Things shouldn’t hurt your grades, but five in a row might. Study first, play later!
In fact, you can use those procrastination triggers to your advantage by using them as rewards for getting your work done. Assign values to study tasks, and reward yourself accordingly for finishing them. This works on two levels – first of all, it motivates you now, and second, it helps you build better lasting study habits.
Ask for Help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it! If you’re struggling to understand class material, schedule a meeting with your instructor or a tutor. If your slump is related to your mental health, teachers, parents, or mental health counselors can help you learn better coping strategies and access resources if you need them. Asking for help is always better than suffering alone.