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The Race for The End: How to Finish The Semester Strong

Have no fear, your guide for the end of the semester is here!

In The Beginning…

There isn’t long before the end of the semester and this is probably one of the hardest times of the year. Paper after paper, project after project. There are plenty of things to keep you busy before the week of finals is upon the university, so the real question is: How are you supposed to focus on studying and when should this studying even take place? Have no fear, your guide for the end of the semester is here and ready to instill words of wisdom on how to stay focused and motivated up until the end of the semester.

No Phone, No Problem

We’re so close to the finish, we can nearly see the end: The glory of Christmas break right around the corner. Before we give in to the relaxing vibes of the break, there are many things that need to be done. I know for me it’s hard to actually focus in when I’m trying to finish assigned reading or a paper completed. I’ve learned that it’s easier to reach goals and deadlines by simply putting my phone in a drawer in my room so I don’t have the temptation to check my notifications or get caught up watching funny dog videos on Facebook. We are all so caught up on our phones and there are certain times where they need to be put away so work can be done.

Beethoven and Mozart and Stuff

When your phone is out of sight and out of mind, another thing that can really help the studying vibe is classical music. Classical music makes it so easy to stay focused and I know that it personally helps me to stay on task while writing a paper. Studies show that classical music can reduce anxiety and make you more receptive to information. If I read or study listening to songs with lyrics in them, I quickly become distracted and it is hard to focus on the task at hand. Whether you have listened to classical music or not, it is a simple and easy way to get those creative juices flowing!

Candle Scents? IDK Google It

Sometimes when I’m really not in the mood to do school work, I light one of my favorite candles and that familiar scent just hits home for me. A lot of the times, just lighting a candle focuses me in and makes me motivated and ready to study. Grabbing your favorite candle (which will give you an excuse to go to Target) and lighting it will give you hope for a productive study session. Folks that live on campus might have a harder time with this due to the fact candles aren’t allowed in the dorms, but it is easy to substitute with a wax burner or an aerosol air freshener.

Find Your Place

There is always a debate among college students: Where is the best place to study? Many times the answer to this question varies among students because everyone learns differently. But, if you simply haven’t found your study place yet, there’s still time!

Junior Olivia Tallo gives us her insights about her favorite place to study. “My go to study are is the second floor of the library. Not a lot of people know about the study nooks. It’s so easy to get focused up there!”

The second floor of the library is another good study space among the rows and rows of books. If you venture further through the labyrinth, you’ll come to find some desks set up against the walls. There are also designated study rooms that are helpful to meet with classmates pertaining to group projects.

Food: My Best Friend

I know what you’ve all been waiting for, yes that’s right, lets talk about food. When I’m studying I tend to get hungry, mostly for snacks. What’s your favorite study snack?

Junior Abby Grumich gives us her all-time favorite study snack. “My favorite study snack weakness is Goldfish. There are so many options to choose from and they’re just a great snack to have around if you’re craving something good!”  

If you’re stuck studying, might as well eat while doing it. With your favorite candy or bag of chips, it’s easier to feel more motivated and gives you brain power to continue on.

Until Next Time

All of these study habits can help motivate you for the end of the semester. There is limited time left and the best feeling is the achievements you make when you’re done. Feeling confident with the projects you turn in, the tests you study for, and the papers you write is the most rewarding feeling. You can accomplish this by focusing in for just a little bit longer, so grab your study materials and get ready for the end of the semester the RIGHT way!

1 comment on “The Race for The End: How to Finish The Semester Strong

  1. Linda Markway

    Very good suggestions Maura. I hope people read them at this busy time

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