It’s Time to Make Time Your Friend
by Texas State SLAC
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, you are falling victim to the commonly held idea that you “work better under pressure.” In the summer, what this really means is only that you are working under pressure because you no longer have an option to do otherwise. Working too close to deadlines also means not having a chance to problem solve if something goes wrong or you have last-minute trouble with a concept. Besides, even if you do perform best late at night during the long semesters, summer classes are held every day: days when you used to be sleeping after pulling an all-nighter.
The fact is that summer school is unrelenting. Dredge up the self-discipline to take care of your body, to make yourself read or study earlier in the day, to start preparing for midterms and finals, to e-mail or talk with your professor about tests and papers ― including the invisible professors in your online courses. Do it now. Check TRACS and Bobcat Mail each day and sometimes several times a day. In summer school, falling behind in sleep, your studies or your communications is even more destructive than during fall or spring. It’s time to make time your friend.