No matter what you did this weekend, there was probably at the very least a little voice inside your head reminding you that a hellish week was on its way. And now it’s here and if you’re a normal college student, you’re probably feeling like there’s simply NO WAY you’re going to make it to spring break with the amount of studying you have this week. Whether you’ve got papers to write or midterms to study for, follow these tips to make it through this week alive.
1. Make a to-do list for spring break. As if you aren’t already looking forward to it enough, think about what you want to accomplish during the break (if you’re not one of the lucky students going away for the week). If you are going away, make a list of all the cool things you’ll be doing on your trip. Convince yourself that if you work hard enough, you’ll earn everything on that list! Just don’t procrastinate from studying by making said lists.
2.Stay out of your bed. It might seem pretty obvious, but don’t fool yourself into thinking you won’t fall asleep while studying in your bed. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to stay out of your room altogether. Don’t go to your room in between classes, as you’ll probably get distracted and waste studying time. Bring everything you need with you when you leave your room and go to the library in between all your classes to make the most of your time.
3.Download the Evernote app. While we’re on the topic of making the most of your time, download the Evernote app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and computers. It syncs your documents and other types of files to all of your devices, and it’s free. This will allow you to take your notes with you so you can study wherever, even on the Newton or Comm Ave bus. Just type them or copy and paste them right into the app and you’re ready to go.
4.Keep focused with a great playlist. My favorite thing to do when studying is to look up playlists on 8tracks, which is a website that allows you to upload, share, and listen to playlists. Just search the study tag, or perhaps classical or jazz. Anything instrumental is great. It’s amazing how much more concentrated you can be with the right music. Check out one of my favorite finds.
5.Exercise. Another obvious one, but if you stay in one place too long you’re only going to burn out quicker. Make a quick trip to the Plex, take the long way to your class or to dinner, or just go for a walk. It’ll clear your mind and give you a good break from staring at a computer screen or a book. If you are productive in that aspect, you’re more likely to be productive with your studying, too.
6.Remember that it’ll be over eventually. The great thing about time is that it NEVER stops. No matter how stressed you are and how much you have to do, soon enough those obligations will be a thing of the past. Keep this in mind all week, and it’ll be over before you know it.
Good luck and remember—when you’re volunteering for Appa, or seeing your family at home, or sitting on a sunny beach somewhere, your midterms will be the last thing on your mind.