As we approach the end of term, it’s time to start writing final papers, studying for exams, and (for some of us) planning to graduate. There’s a lot going on and it can be lots to balance, especially considering that most students in the Faculty of Information also have work and/or volunteer obligations. Having now been with this faculty for three years, this is a time of year with which I’m very familiar, so here are my top tips for making it through this time while still keeping your cool.
- When scheduling your work or study time, build in time to relax. Although it can feel counterintuitive, you have to take time off. Otherwise, you will end up overwhelmed and burned out. Taking some time off to recover will keep you fresh for when you get back to work later on, rather than trying to push through exhaustion and then not retaining or accomplishing much.
- Break your tasks down into achievable chunks. Studying for a whole exam at once, or tasking yourself with writing a whole paper, is a lot to ask of yourself. Many people find themselves unable to begin work when the task at hand feels overwhelming. Breaking those tasks down to things like, “Review notes for lectures 1-3” or “Write two pages of this paper,” can make them much less overwhelming and therefore easier to begin.
- Keep your eyes on the prize. Remind yourself regularly that there is an end date to all of this and that you will get a break then. Doing so much work all at once can be especially hard when it seems that there’s no end in sight, so remember that once this term is over, you’ll be done.
- Communicate with your peers and professors. If you need extra time, help, or support, it’s better to ask sooner rather than later. Be open and transparent in your communication so you can receive (and give!) any necessary support.
- Organize, organize, organize. We all have different methods for organizing tasks and priorities. Personally, I’m a big list-writer. Others love using calendar apps, sticky notes, notes apps, or something else (often, a combination of a few of these!). Once you know what works for you, do that—a lot. The more organized you can keep your notes, time, and priorities, the better off you’ll be.
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