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How to Stay Motivated During the Midterm Slump

Unfortunately, we have reached the halfway point of the semester. After returning from spring break, the end of our week of freedom and relaxation means one thing: second semester midterms. It is ~soooooo~ hard to get back into the swing of things – especially when summer vacation is so close! Collegiettes, we’ll get through it together, I promise. Here are some tips to help you get through these tough times.  

1. Writing Things Down in a Planner

You know that cute planner you got at the beginning of the year that you’ve never used? Now’s the time! Writing down your assignments and due dates will keep you organized and motivated to complete your academic tasks.

2. Setting Aside Time

You don’t have to give up fun times with your friends as the weather gets warmer… if you plan your time accordingly. We’re all guilty of procrastinating instead of getting things done. However, by getting your homework out of the way you’ll have a huge weight lifted off your shoulders and you will have more time to do things you actually want to do.

3. Taking Breaks

While you should avoid procrastinating, you deserve a break. Homework and studying is draining and it will only make you miserable if you don’t take care of yourself. During study sessions, treat yourself to coffee or watching an episode on Netflix, and then get right back to your work.

4. Study with Friends

If you and your pals are all motivated, being together can help you get a lot done. Seeing your friends studying pushes you to study as well. Think of it as a way to make peer pressure useful. Besides, being with friends gets rid of any potential case of FOMO.

5. Listen to Music

Sometimes listening to music while studying or writing an essay can put you in ~the zone~ . Put in your earbuds and jam away to Ed Sheeran or whoever you enjoy.

Stay strong during these midterm weeks, collegiettes. Summer is not too far away!


Meghan Cusack

Fairfield '21

Meghan is currently a student here at Fairfield University. She's from Branford, CT and is an English major with a concentration in Professional Writing. She also has two minors in Spanish and Public Relations. Meghan also enjoys reading, drawing, eating lots of chocolate, and spending time with her cat Charming. 
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