As we move through the fall semester, procrastination can often take us by surprise. I know this because I’ve procrastinated myself! It becomes a bad habit if you don’t fix it in time. I was thinking about this as I got my exams back last week – I did well thank goodness. Anyways, it got me thinking about the ways I can decrease my stress level this semester. I know it is still September, but you’d be surprised at how fast time flies! So I thought of ways that can possibly help some of you feel more relaxed and confident as we get through this semester.
I think the first thing to do is analyze your current situation at school. Think about how well you’re doing so far now that you’ve gotten into a routine. This has helped me immensely because I am able to detect a bad habit sooner than later. Thinking about this may seem weird at first, but you’ll be glad you did this later on.
Once you’ve established your current school situation, the rest should be easy. Begin to make flashcards and organize your notes per chapters. This will help you review the material in smaller portions rather than cramming it on finals week.
Summarizing and making the material simpler to understand in your own words will also benefit your studying time later on. It’s not always easy to understand the terminology of the books or the professor’s PowerPoint presentations, so this is always helpful!
These are just a couple of general tips that have seemed to help me at the very beginning of a semester because it not only helps with procrastination, but it makes finals week a stress-free week.
I hope this is useful and helpful to some of you because remember; it’s never too early to start!