Staying Motivated as the Semester Ends: Tips to Avoiding Spring Fever
April 4, 2016
By Michelle Kizer
Finally, the long wait for spring has come to an end! Along with the warming weather and beautiful flowers that are beginning to bloom, the highly contagious syndrome of spring fever is beginning to take root. What is spring fever exactly? Spring fever is that feeling of restlessness and excitement often felt at the beginning of spring. The same feeling that often distracts us from what’s important: staying focused on finishing the semester!
This time of year can often be tough for students. Spring break has just ended and the semester is almost over, yet the workload is only increasing as project deadlines are approaching. So how can you avoid spring fever and stay motivated enough to finishing the semester strong? Here are a few tips that may help you as you strive for the finish line!
While this suggestion may sound redundant, planning ahead can really be a lifesaver when times get tough. Planning ahead can also ensure that you complete all of your upcoming assignments successfully. You can do this by retrieving a couple of familiar items: your personal planner, calendar, or any other organizer you use to keep track of your daily life and the course syllabus for each class that you are taking. Take a few minutes to read over the assignments due for each class, and then write the due dates down on your calendar. Be sure to make note of any assignments that have multiple due dates. If you are feeling extra motivated, you can also pencil in dates that you plan to begin working on an assignment.
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By putting this information in a location that you frequently view, you are less likely to forget to complete an assignment on time. This can also help you to envision the bigger picture. With each day that passes and each assignment that you complete, the closer you get to summer break!
Indulge in the Beauty of the Season
At this point in the semester, students often find themselves overwhelmed with work, whether that be on-the-job duties or shuffling through piles of homework. This can lead to entire days being cooped up inside, only seeing the light of day during commutes from one place to the next. Staying focused on your work does not mean you have to hide from the sun, though. Instead of shutting yourself inside for the rest of the semester, try taking your work outside with you. If it happens to be warm and sunny outside, find a quiet spot on campus or at the park where you can enjoy the sun while still fulfilling your responsibilities. This is a great way to relax and clear your mind for the work ahead of you. If working outside is too much of a distraction for you, you can instead use this as an incentive. Set a goal for what you want to get done that day. Once you have met that goal, reward yourself with a little fun in the sun!
Put Yourself First
Even though your main focus is on finishing the semester strong, you still have to take care of yourself. This involves staying active, eating healthy, and getting plenty of sleep. Take time each day to go outside and walk, ride a bike, or play a game of basketball with your friends. This is also another way to ensure that you can spend a little time enjoying the warm weather. If you can’t make it outdoors, try hitting the gym or attending an exercise class. Here on campus, there are multiple locations that you can visit to get a good workout. Another important aspect to staying focused is fueling your brain and your body as you work hard. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand as you begin your cram sessions. Healthy foods can help you to remain focused and alert as you work diligently. Foods such as fruit, nuts, whole grains, and yogurt are just a few great examples. Lastly, always try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Our bodies and minds need time to rest, especially after intense study sessions. By ensuring that you’re getting plenty of sleep, you are more likely to feel refreshed and ready to confront the day ahead of you. Not to mention, it can be tough to think clearly if you’re tired.
In addition to these techniques, do not forget to make use of the many resources that Appalachian State University has available to assist you as you study. This includes the University Writing Center. Writing consultants are available every day (Monday – Friday) to assist you with any type of writing at any stage of the writing process. Come by and visit us as you work towards the finish line!