Time: Friend or Foe?
It’s 1:30 a.m: You’re at your desk — a huge energy drink can precariously perched on the shortest stack of books and articles — with 456 words or 19 more algebra problems to go. Our advice? Go to bed, whether that’s a mattress, bunk or futon, and sleep. At this point your biological clock, the one that says you think better at night, is lying to you.
The idea that “you work better under pressure” is a commonly held misconception. It really means that when you’re under a deadline, you work, because you no longer have an option to do otherwise. You’re unlikely to be doing better work; you’re tired, stressed and have no room for error.
Working too close to deadlines also means not having a chance to problem solve if something goes wrong or if you have trouble with a concept. Even if you do think best in the wee hours during the regular semester, summer school classes are held every day — days when you used to be sleeping after pulling an all-nighter.
The fact is that time in summer school is unrelenting. Dredge up self-discipline to take care of your body, to make yourself read or study earlier in the day, to prepare for exams, and to email or talk with your professors about final tests and papers, including the invisible professors in your online courses. (Psst…do it now.) Check TRACS or Bobcat Mail regularly, each day, and several times some days.
In summer school, falling behind on your sleep, your studies or your communications is even more destructive than during fall or spring. It’s time to make time your friend.