Maintaining that drive to study and stay focused in school can be tough when you can see the sunshine and freedom of summer at the end of the finish line. But just because you want to kick off your shoes and run toward the beach doesn’t mean that’s the best thing to do ― although, really… it does sound like the best thing in the world right now. Finishing the semester strong is very important, so here are eight tips to stay motivated all the way through finals:
1. Set Goals
Know how well you want or need to do in each class to attain the GPA you want. Set goals that are practical, too; don’t expect to get an A in a class that you’re currently failing. Instead, set goals that you will have to make an effort to reach but at the same time won’t overwhelm you.
2. Prioritize Your Assignments
Knowing how well you need to do in all your classes to reach your goal GPA is very important. It’s a relief to know that you can focus more on a few classes and relax in a couple other classes, and that’s less stressful than thinking you need to stay on top of every single class and assignment. Ideally, you should try your best in every class, but knowing which ones need more push at the end of the semester will help you decide which assignments and exams you need to devote more of your time to.
3. Schedule Time to Relax and Have Fun
You know you have to study, but it’s important to set aside time to have fun and indulge in summer-excitement. Otherwise, you will either 1) get cooped-up studying too much and have no motivation or 2) spend too much time relaxing and have no time to study. Make sure to set aside some “me” time each week for the rest of the semester so you don’t get burned out!
4. Find New Places to Study… Like Outside!
Studying outside is a great way to get your assignments done and relish in the sunshine! Old places you always study will only make you more ready to be done with school, so switch it up!
5. Reward yourself.
Create a system of rewarding yourself for studying. Example: Every time you study for an hour or get something done, put aside three dollars toward a shopping adventure after finals.
6. Schedule study trips with friends
Studying is far more enjoyable when you’re with friends who are also getting work done. Rent a study room at the library, and you can always take quick breaks to talk or grab something to eat at the café.
Take breaks in between studying to do quick exercise sets, like push-ups, crunches, burpees, squats… you get it. Not only will this keep you in shape, but exercising will help you focus and get through those long hours of studying.
8. Sleep During Finals Week
Do not pull an all-nighter right before that big exam. Studies have shown that students who receive a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours) before an exam test better than those who stayed up late to study. In short: make a study schedule before finals week, so you’re not cramming the night before.
Good luck with the rest of the semester, and happy studying!