Sorting out one’s thoughts makes more of a difference than some may believe. By ranking a list of priorities, it’s easy to identify which tasks should be done first. Write down all of your deadlines for job applications, papers, tests and so on. Then write down your social obligations, and map out what you have to do. These lists will help you stay on schedule. Each time a responsibility is crossed out, increased satisfaction will be experienced, and motivation to finish the next task will continue to rise.
Go to the library
Studying in an apartment or dorm room with multiple distractions makes it easier to find something more interesting than the 10-page essay due that week. Eliminating as many disturbances as possible will help you stay focused. During the week, the library is open from 7 until 3 a.m., giving students ample time to study in a more suitable environment. Milner even has a maximum quiet study floor if it is too noisy to concentrate on the other floors. The proper environment makes all the difference when wanting to get work done in a timely manner.
Set aside “you” time
At the end of the year, stress levels may be at an all-time high, especially if one has procrastinated. Even so, it is still important to schedule some time for yourself to do what you enjoy. Whether it is watching a favorite show, going to the student fitness center or going out with friends on a Saturday night, a little free time is essential to stay healthy no matter how high your pile of homework has gotten. Make sure to get plenty of sleep and plan ahead to avoid the exhausting all-nighter. Get that workout in at the gym to alleviate some of the extra stress and be sure to eat nutritiously to avoid brain fog. It is important to stay both mentally and physically healthy.
Talk to your professors
Professors love to know that students take interest in their class and lectures. A case of senioritis can give students the idea that they can slack off on studying, ultimately resulting in declining grades. Visiting or scheduling a meeting date with your professors can make all the difference. Ask them what can be done to do better in the class. They will realize you genuinely care about your grades and perhaps give you the benefit of the doubt by offering the class extra credit or curving test scores.
Keep the future in mind
A large percent of the time, college students have the mindset that they will not be given the freedom they have now in future years to come, and to take advantage of it. While this may be true, remember that the sole purpose of attending a university is to receive an education and brighten your future. Be sure to visit the career center. This is a free resource and an easy way to perfect interviewing skills, résumé writing and learning about job opportunities.