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Four Ways to Finish Strong

February 23, 2017

With the end of the school year approaching and the weather (slowly) getting warmer, students are starting to check out.


It’s barely spring, but for college and high school students everywhere, it feels like summer is right around the corner. We count down the days until Spring Break and the last day of school.

Motivation levels typically wane as the weather gets warmer and the work gets harder (I’m talking to you finals and AP tests).

Keep morale high and finish the school year strong with these four tips.


1. Make a plan (and stick to it).

Prioritize your to do list. Have a final worth 25 percent of your grade? That’s more important than a homework assignment for 10 points. Do both, just make sure you spend more time studying for the exam than on the assignment.

Once you have an ordered list of stuff to get done, factor in the deadlines and make a schedule for when you are going to read those two chapters, write that paper and sleep (it’s important, people).

Then you have to follow through on the plan. Make sure your goals are reasonable. If you aren’t a speed reader, give yourself an appropriate amount of time to read, make notes and study.

Don’t get distracted while studying. Put your phone across the room and download a browser extension that blocks whatever sites you want (like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Buzzfeed). This will help you focus and you’ll get done so much faster.


2. Study with friends.

If talking things out helps you, form a study group. You can divide chapters up to make a study guide or teach each other certain sections that not everyone understood.

Being with friends also makes studying feel like less of a chore. They can hold you accountable (and make sure you don’t take a nap on your notebook), but you should only do this if you and your friends will actually be productive. Don’t study with friends if you’ll just talk and not get any work done.

college students stress out about finals

3. Take the learning outside.

 When the weather is finally good, go outside. Find a bench in a park or on campus and enjoy the sunshine after being stuck inside all winter.

The fresh air will help keep you lively, and the studying has a built-in deadline, when you have to go inside and plug your laptop in.

Being outside enjoying the good weather makes summer feel closer than ever, but you’re also getting stuff done. That’s a win-win in my book.


4. Reward yourself with chill time.

If you get everything done, you deserve to relax. Go get ice cream with friends or go to that new movie you’ve dying to see. You should reward yourself after meeting goals.

Leave yourself time for something fun after an exam before you start studying for the next one. Celebrate the little victories!


Stay strong as the school year winds down. You can do this! 



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