School is tough, but so are you: Tips and tricks to beat it

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Sophia Lim, Staff Writer


The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and spring is coming.

To help you ease into the end of the school year, and everything hectic that it comes with it, here are some tips and tricks compiled to aid you in your quest for getting through college.

Before we begin, keep in mind that having a clean space for work influences your mood, and gives you more of a drive to get work done.

First of all, turn to your school supplies. Once they start supporting you, you will wonder how you ever lived without them. Some of the main ones that I use on a daily basis, and I highly recommend, are a calendar, planner, and highlighters, highlighters, highlighters. Do not underestimate the power of stationery. Getting started, have everything mapped out on your calendar; due dates, assignment topics, meetings, and anything school-related that will affect your school activities or classes. Have it written down. Having your schedule and dates up for easy viewing keeps it in your head and serves as a constant reminder, but also helps you work accordingly with what’s in your schedule. This practice helps you prioritize which tasks need to be done first.

Rather than letting work pile up and cramming it all in a day where you pull an all-nighter and drink your weight in coffee and Red Bull fusions, breaking your assignment down into daily attainable tasks is more reasonable and saves you all the stress. For example, if you have an upcoming paper due in two weeks, set aside Monday for finding a topic, Tuesday for sources and gathering information, Wednesday for highlighting and choosing the main points you want to include, Thursday for outlining your paper, and Friday and the weekend for putting them into words. Once that is all done, the rest of the week can be spent editing your paper and polishing it to perfection.

Prioritizing helps with time management. When you have homework assigned or notes you just had from that day, working on it and organizing them helps a ton in the long run. You get to tackle homework sooner and will have formulated a more “study guide” approach with your notes, plus information will have a better chance of sticking in your memory while its recent and when you’re re-reading or re-writing it. As you review, relating concepts to real life situations helps to better understand what you’re learning.

There are numerous campus resources that you can turn to that are meant for student use; such as the library, the student activities center, the residence hall directors, the Tutoring Center in the Learning and Writing Center, the Counseling Center, and your academic adviser, among many others.

As you prioritize school and education, remember that your personal health is also important. Always make time to get the necessary amount of sleep to function. Remember to eat breakfast to boost brain power, especially in the mornings when it is really needed. Avoid eating junk food when studying, it’ll only make you feel sluggish, so turn towards power boosting food like nuts and fruits. Drink water, staying hydrated has so many benefits aside from helping you study. Drinking cold water especially when you’re studying late at night helps keep you awake, because for most it causes you to make trips to the bathroom all the time. Stretch from time to time, power poses especially can help. Do not play music that you can sing along with or dance to, it will result in you jamming out and forgetting the work that you’re supposed to be doing. If music must be played, play instrumentals. Personally, I listen to piano pieces and Disney classic instrumentals (I do recommend a piece by Yiruma – River Flows in You). If all else fails and you really can’t study at the time, take a break and go for a walk, then try to study again after.

As one student to another, these are just information and ideas gathered from personal experience, and from fellow college students input, on ways that help contribute to their academic successes. Remember, these are just tips and tricks meant to help you, so they are totally flexible and can be fashioned to what helps you study and learn best. I hope that some of these suggestions will help benefit the students of Saint Martin’s University.

So, while the snow is melting, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and spring is here, you don’t have to be growing your pile of stress over the workload of the school year. School may be tough, but you are definitely tougher.

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