One month from today will be the last day of the semester. So from here on out, students will be feeling the pressure to try to get everything done. Here are the Jolly Librarian’s suggestions for keeping calm during the coming weeks:
- List your deadlines. I like a big wall calendar because then the deadlines are staring at me all the time, and I’m not likely to forget one. But use whatever is comfortable for you: a datebook, your phone.
- Break those deadlines down into smaller ones. A research paper with a deadline for May 1 may seem far, far away. But in reality, a research paper consists of many discrete parts, so put those on your calendar as well: finding sources, writing a draft, editing the paper, writing the works cited, etc.
- If you are having trouble in your class, procrastinate no longer. See your professor. Go to the Learning Center.
- Do something every day on your courses. Now some would say that this is impossible. If you have a test in calculus in the morning, your time is better spent on calculus and not a review of a history chapter. I don’t disagree, but I think students are much more likely to err on the other extreme: “No tests this week. No studying!” So do something every day on every course.
- But also take time to relax. Go for a run. Read a book for pleasure. Watch “The Big Bang Theory.”
- Talk out your fears. Almost every student feels the stress of this period. You’re not alone. Talk to people in your classes. It helps to know you’re not alone.
- Maintain your sense of humor. Sure, it’s a stressful time, but if you can find humor in the situation, you’ll feel a lot better.
And, remember, one month from today, for better or worse, the semester will be over. And we’ll all get to have a new beginning.