For some reason, college professors like to schedule tests or require the completion of major projects or essays the week after spring break. To students, this may seem as if their teacher is inflicting some great cruelty on them because the last thing they want to think about, whether they’re traveling to the beaches of Acapulco or playing 23 hours of video games every single day of the break, is school. Unfortunately, that means that many students procrastinate on finishing their projects or studying for their tests, which forces them to pull all-nighters towards the end of the week to try and catch up.
Sounds bad, doesn’t it? But fear not because here we have some helpful tips on how you can avert all the stress that comes along in those final days of spring break.
Yes, we understand the thought of stuffing your books under your bed for the week is awfully tempting. But before you actually do that, we suggest you have a look at the syllabi for your classes to see if you have anything important (such as a 20-page paper about Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince) due the next Tuesday. That way, if you know what’s coming up, you can plan out your week so you can get it done and have plenty of time to relax and actually enjoy your break.
Find time to study.
This tip is an extension of the previous one. Students with good study habits understand that the best way to study, or do any kind of course work, is to take it in small pieces and spread the effort out over a number of days. That can apply to the week of spring break as well. For example, if it takes you eight hours to complete a 20-page essay, then invest two hours per day for the first four days of the break instead of eight hours on Sunday night. If you start on Saturday, then you can have the project done on Tuesday and you’re free to do as you please for the rest of your time off.
Keep in touch with your classmates.
One of the perks of being a college student is that you’re surrounded by dozens of people who are in the same situation you are in. You and your peers are all pursuing a degree with the goal of surviving until graduation. This presents a great opportunity to not only communicate with people who have different perspectives than you do, but it also can give you a bit of a safety net. It’s always a good idea to talk to, and even study, with your classmates, and there are plenty of times when both parties can help each other out. For example, if you checked the syllabus or calendar and you’re unsure of whether there’s a test the next week or not, you can call up a classmate and ask. It’s just another way you can stay on top of things and be better prepared.
Everything leads to this, and it really can’t be stressed enough. If you knock out most, if not all, of the work you have due the following week early, then the rest of your break will be more relaxing because you won’t have all that work you still need to do on the back of your mind. To do this effectively, you’ll need to plan out your week, stay committed to working on your assignments daily, and keep in touch with your classmates to make sure you don’t miss anything. Just a few hours of work per day is a small sacrifice for all the time you get to hang out and relax at the end of the break while your fellow classmates are overworking themselves just to complete their projects.
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