Did you spend a long week relaxing, only to come back to all those papers, midterms, and homework assignments that you probably should have worked on over break? Do not fear! Here are some tips to help you get back on track and set a positive tone for the rest of the semester ahead.
Step 1: Organize Yourself and Your Surroundings
It’s easy to fall into the habit of stuffing papers into binders, ignoring your Google calendar, and letting your inboxes fill to the brim with emails. After a long break, take some time to sort through your school work and organize your life. Highlight or label important information for the coming week, and make sure to refresh your memory about your class schedule. Stay ahead by looking at the dates of upcoming exams and meetings.
Step 2: Fight The Stress With A Gameplan
If you didn’t even look at your backpack over break, you might be struggling with the stress of having a lot to study and review in a short period of time. To beat the stress, make a study gameplan. Consider how many hours you need to review each subject and prioritize your papers, midterms, and tests based on their due dates and level of complexity. Write out a study schedule and post it in a prominent place. Taking the first step is always the hardest. Setting goals will help you stay motivated through the final stretch of the school year.
Step 3: Reach Out
When you are feeling bogged down by stress and anxiety, don’t isolate yourself from support networks. Take advantage of time with your professors and GSIs and attend office hours to refresh yourself on class material. Study with friends and classmates to share ideas and connect with your peers. If you need a peaceful break, stop by the CAPS Wellness Zone or check out the Stressbusters App.
By following these spring back tips, you can stay motivated for the rest of the semester, stay on top of your school work, and lessen your stress.
Contributed by Yolanda Marti and Gabe Colman, Expect Respect Program Assistants