How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time): Part 8

Midterms are officially over. There is approximately one month left in the semester. The stress is rising as students face due dates for papers and projects as well as tests. But let’s all take a deep breath and focus on the finish line.

  • If you haven’t done so already, get out your calendar and write down the due dates for papers and projects, test days, and even holidays. (There won’t be tutoring on Thanksgiving, and the college computer labs will be closed.) Take a good look at what’s left to do and make out a schedule.
  • When I taught, I was surprised when students who had decent grades stopped attending class. Probably every student, at some point, has felt it would be easier to just drop out and do something, anything else. But don’t let the stress get to you. Talk to your instructor or a counselor. Finish up the semester. Even if you do decide that college is not for you right now, you’ll have a semester’s worth of credits waiting for you when you return.
  • Still haven’t started your research paper? Go the library and have a librarian help you find the best sources.
  • When I was a student and feeling especially stressed, I closed my eyes for a few minutes and said aloud, “In three weeks, this will be over.” Somehow it helped to know that the stressful period had an end date.
  •  As you realize that some of your stress has been caused by bad study habits earlier in the semester, jot down quick reminders to yourself of how to improve next term. (You think you’ll remember, but you probably won’t.)

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