ACADEMIC SUCCESS (April 2014 First Year Timeline)

By Robert Gordon
Apr 03, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Here are some tips on how to survive this final homestretch with your health (physical, mental, and academic) relatively intact:


GET ORGANIZED! Take some time this evening (if you haven’t already done so) to step back, look over the assignments, exams, papers, etc., that you’re facing during the next 3 weeks. Figure out what needs to be done when, and how you’re going to do it.


DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Don’t put off studying for an exam or working on a paper until the day before it comes due. Do yourself a favor — give yourself the time you need to be successful. Break your assignments, papers, studying down into smaller chunks. Get started NOW, and do a little bit every day.


SET PRIORITIES! We are not saying that you should completely abandon your social life for the next few weeks, and we are not saying you should turn away from your friends — friends can be a VERY IMPORTANT source of support in stressful times. But choose your social activities carefully, and don’t allow yourself to get distracted from what’s really important (however you want to define that term for yourself).


STAY HEALTHY! Get adequate SLEEP every night, at least 6-8 hours. Forget about all-nighters, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Rock Star, and Red Bull (not to mention stronger stimulants); nobody can do their best work when they’re both over stimulated and fighting their own fatigue.  Eat a balanced, healthful DIET; again, don’t overdo the caffeine. Get regular EXERCISE 4-5 times a week. Exercise is a great social activity, it allows you deal with stress effectively, it helps you sleep better, it calms you down and helps you to focus and concentrate on difficult tasks when you have to.


STUDY STRATEGIES! Check out the LSA Strategies for Success Website 


MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE! School is important; doing well at school is highly desirable. But don’t fall into the trap of defining yourself by the role you’re currently playing. Remember at all times that being a student is what you do, not who you are.