By now, everyone should be fully acclimated with their classes and daily routine. It’s hard to believe we are in the midst of “midterm season” as it seems summer was just the “other day!” It’s not uncommon to log on to Facebook and see people post statuses about the amount of work they have or the stress that seems to come along with it. So, I wanted to dedicate a post to some study skills and strategies that work for me, especially when I am in the midst of these never ending midterm papers and assessments.
- Space: Your study space is important. Choose a place that has minimal distractions. Many will go to the library, which is great. However, you will be surprised how distracted you can get in the library, especially on the first floor where people are constantly coming and going. Go upstairs where it is less crowded and it will minimize your chances for distraction.
- Music: Some people, like myself, like to study and write with some music. It’s a great idea because it gets your mind moving. Some common music apps that are FREE are Spotify and Pandora. The music selection is great and you can customize your own playlists based of any musical artists. I find that I am more productive when I am working with music on.
- Breaks: It’s important to step away from your work and take a break. Sometimes, you need to go grab something to eat, go outside, and change your scenery. Always be sure that you take this time to relax and distress and clear your mind. It will come in handy when you return to work.
- GET OFF FACEBOOK: This is the hardest thing for many of us, including myself. We find ourselves ready to work and type our papers and all of a sudden, you’ve spent 20 minutes scrolling your newsfeed, viewing photos and reading status updates. If you don’t need to be on the internet, DON’T OPEN IT. Just stick to your word processor and type. This is easier said than done, of course. What I do is use self control and reward myself by going on facebook. For example, after a page or two, I will give myself a 5-10 minute break to surf the internet, but then I will return to the work. It’s all about personal restraint!!!
I wish everyone the best of luck with their midterm papers and assessments. With all the events and other distractions on campus, it can be hard to get work done. But, if you have the right mindset and properly prepare to get work done, you will be successful!