Resist mid-term slacking: Staying
up to speed pays off during finals
September is over, but it’s never too late to remind yourself that your schoolwork is crucial — especially in the light of social and extracurricular activities you may have committed yourself to this fall. As October starts, with Homecoming just around the corner, now is the time to stay focused and maintain a good pace in your workload for classes.
Make sure that you keep up with all your reading assignments and homework. The longer you put them off, the harder it becomes to catch up, and the more likely you will feel overwhelmed the night before a test or due date. Bad grades in the middle of a course are very hard to bring up at the end. Here are three tips to help you keep going:
- If you have any major papers or projects, spread the work evenly throughout the semester. Do not wait until the last minute. If the project or paper seems overwhelming, break it into parts and set small deadlines for each part.
- Refresh your connections to contacts in class. If you get sick later in the semester and have to miss class, having people to get notes from will help you catch up.
- Join with study groups, which offer one of the best ways to prepare for tests, whether you are doing well in a class or not. Learning from a peer can be easier than trying to increase your understanding alone. And if you are good in a course, helping others learn is the best way to retain and understand material yourself!
Whatever your strategies, don’t let other fall obligations distract you, and don’t let the seemingly long time until finals lull you into inaction. If you keep up with your classes now, you’ll minimize stress and raise your grades at the end of the semester.