Surviving the Post-Midterm Slump

Spring is officially here and it’s the last few weeks of the semester. Do you feel like you’re running on empty? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through another five weeks of classes? Do you lack the motivation and energy you need?

You are not alone.

The post-midterm slump happens to almost everyone. Here are some suggestions to help you to hang on a few more weeks.

Manage Your Time and Get Organized.  If you don’t already have a study schedule, make one. Determine the assignments and tests that will be due before the end of the semester for each class you are taking, and then pull out a calendar (or make your own) and write down when you will work on assignments and study for tests.

Be Realistic. Check your midterm grades. Are you passing all of your classes? If so, keep up the good work! If not, talk with instructors of the classes you’re not passing and see if it will be possible for you to raise your grade. If you are in too deep a hole, consider withdrawing from that class and using the extra time to improve your grades in the classes you can pass. Just remember: if you are receiving any type of financial aid (grants, loans or scholarships), speak with a financial aid advisor at Parkland before withdrawing from a class.

 Spend Your Time Productively. Spend less time on social media and use that time to study, relax, read, exercise, deep-breathe or sleep.

 Reward Yourself. Set up rewards that are equal to the goal you’ve accomplished. Finish reading three chapters in your Psychology text? Treat yourself to a frappucino. Complete a 16-page paper for History class? Buy yourself some sandals or Chuck Taylors. You don’t have to reward yourself for every accomplishment, but for the tasks you’ve been avoiding, they can be very motivating.

Get Some Sleep. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If you have a choice between cramming for an exam and sleeping an extra half hour or more, you’re probably going to do better on the exam if you choose to sleep.

 Get Help If You Need It. Organize a study group or go to the Center for Academic Success (CAS) in D120 and work with a Peer tutor, an instructor or a CAS staff member.

And remember: ONLY FIVE MORE WEEKS TO GO!

[Jan Thom is a Student Development Advocate in CAS.]

2 thoughts on “Surviving the Post-Midterm Slump”

  1. Great article! I always found checklists to be useful with staying on track. It can be hard to stay motivated and organized during this “midterm slump”. By having a checklist (either a daily or weekly one) it can help you establish what you need to accomplish. I also find crossing things off of it to be very rewarding. And I agree with getting enough rest. You’d be surprised how much this can affect your behavior.

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