Life Hacks: Bouncing Back from Midterms

By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
@shizupates

To come back from midterms, one must…/PHOTO VIA Flickr user Hash Milhan

For most of us, midterm season just blew over and probably just left us under a pile of depression and sadness.

While we all want to stay underneath the covers for the rest of the semester, life goes on. Instead, we have to learn to deal with the disappointment and move past it.

No, it’s not possible to change your grade but it is possible to change the way you go about studying. Luckily, we still have half the semester to make up for it.

As usual, I have a few tips for you to make sure that you finish strong by the time the end of the semester comes around.

1. Self Control

I mean this both figuratively and literally. Studying requires self-control, as we all know. It is so easy to get distracted by that text from your crush or wash your dishes in the common room sink because they need to be washed again. Electronics will be our downfall, because the devices are just so distracting.

Luckily, there’s an app called Self Control, which lets you set a time during which you cannot access websites of your choosing (I recommend blocking the basics – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, your email, etc). The best, and worst, part of this app is that when it means x amount of hours, it means that many. If you try to turn it off to get rid of the timer, it won’t work. The only thing you can do is wait it out. For Mac users, this app is free. For you PC users, there is an app called Freedom, but it costs $10 to use so if you find that it is necessary, go for it.

2. Location, location, location

You sleep in your dorm room. You eat in your dining hall. Ideally, you should have a place to study. Kudos to you if you can successfully work at your desk in your dorm room. I, for one, can’t do that because I can’t even see the top of my desk (messy people unite) and because there are just way too many distractions in my dorm. I’m sure this applies to many of you. In my previous post, I found a couple of solid locations for studying. Wherever you are, just make sure that you can keep all distractions to a minimum.

3. Incentives

Motivate yourself! With motivation, you’ll have a much better time completing your work and studying for tests because you’ll have a goal in mind. Whether this goal is to pass the class with an ‘A’ or grab a cheeseburger after you’re done, work towards them.

A good way to implement this is using the reward system. After reading a certain amount of pages, reward yourself with a snack or five minutes on Facebook (which is a bigger incentive than it seems).

4. Breaks

Going off of incentives, taking breaks is a good way to recharge your brain. Staring at the same material for hours will start to strain your eyes and take a toll on your brain. Instead of going crazy studying, take a deep breath and set alarms every half an hour or so. Take a five minute break to do whatever you like and then get back to work. This way, you’ll feel refreshed and you won’t go completely batty after an intense study session.

What’s done is done, but there is light at the end of the tunnel! By taking things into our own hands, those bad grades can and will be made up.

Good luck to you all (I know I’ll need it) and happy studying!

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