Cheat Sheet: Get out of the slump

Sara Davis, Opinion Editor

Let this “cheat sheet” serve as a guide on how to find the motivation to successfully finish the spring semester.

1. Eat healthy. If you take the time out of your day to eat well-balanced meals instead of eating an entire bag of chips while studying, you may find yourself to have more energy to study.

2. Get plenty of sleep. This seems like a no-brainer, but a large amount of college students do not get nearly enough sleep. If you aim to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, you will most likely feel better both physically and mentally, which will provide more energy to study.

3. Manage your time. Instead of waiting until 11 p.m. to start studying for your cumulative final the next morning, set aside a time frame each day to study. It will be a lot easier to retain the information when you study small amounts of information each day, not to mention the fact that it will be a lot less stressful.

4. Take breaks. Even with time set aside specifically for studying, the situation can still be overwhelming. Instead of getting frustrated and worked up, step away from your work for a few minutes. Taking a short walk can clear your mind and relieve some of the stress that comes along with studying.

5. Find a tutor or study with friends. Sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to study, or you may be avoiding it all together because you don’t understand the material. When you set a time to study with another person, you are less likely to cancel the plans.

6. Set goals and be motivated. Achieving your goals can be a strong source of motivation to finish out the semester. Think of the diploma in your hand or seeing the words “Dean’s List” appear on your transcript.