By Allison Huskey
Ah, it’s that time of the semester again…spring break has come and gone, leaving us feeling completely unmotivated to tackle the remainder of the semester. If you’re anything like me, it’s really difficult to motivate myself to stay on top of all my studying and homework that piles up after break. Here are a few tips on how to beat the mid-semester blah’s, so that you’re not wishing too much for summer vacation.
- Do some spring cleaning
Yes, this has nothing to do with homework BUT… I always like to say that a clean, organized room gives one an organized mind. Go through your backpack and desk and declutter. Organize your papers and your binders so you know where all of your assignments are kept. Get a planner and keep track of all your test dates, due dates for homework, and reading assignments (there’s also a calendar on Canvas that lets you keep track of your assignments). Trust me, once you do that, you’ll feel much more in control of your tasks.
- Put down the phone
I know, this one is hard. I’m definitely guilty of wasting hours of precious studying time scrolling through my Facebook feed. But really, wouldn’t it be better to spend that time getting extra help on a math assignment in the ASC, or having an organic chem study session in the Perk with your classmates? Set limits to the amount of time you spend on social media or Netflix per day, and use the rest of your time to study, socialize with real-live people, or…
As the wise Elle Woods once put it, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!” MBU offers a wide variety of exercise services for all registered students. There’s the Fitness Center, the weight room in Muncy, and classes like POUND and Zumba that are all free! If you feel like you need a study break, or need a boost of energy, grab a buddy and do a few miles on the stationary bike, or relax in the Shavasana pose during a yoga session. Not only will you feel happier, you’ll feel more energized to tackle that three page paper you’ve been pushing off.
- Ask for help
This is the time of the semester when it seems as if assignments are coming in faster than you can handle, and that’s okay! Everyone needs a little extra help now and then to mentally conquer a college workload. If you have tried, but can’t seem to keep up with your classes, come down to the Academic Success Center for a quiet studying place or for help from a tutor. Also, most professors wouldn’t hesitate to give you an hour of their time to re-explain a difficult concept from the lecture the day before. There is no shame in asking for help!
There is so much power in prayer. After all, it’s a direct access line to the Creator of the universe, who cares so much about you. Spending daily quiet time with God might sound boring or difficult, I understand, but there is no better way to start off your day. Just talk to God like He was standing right in front of you—tell Him about your fears, struggles, worries, then thank Him for His goodness and grace (Phillipians 4:6). With His strength, you can endure!
Hopefully, these tips will help you make it through the “blahs” everyone feels during midterms. By organizing your time and prioritizing beneficial activities that will boost your motivation, you can make it to summer vacation. Happy studying!