Senior Focus: How to Stay on Top of Your Game
By Edwin Fenwick
As the end of the semester draws near, the stress levels around campus rise. Midterms have past and now it's time to do or die. You either give your all for that final push or you drop the ball and try again next semester. But who wants to retake any class that cost money and takes time? Here are some helpful tips to keep you going through to the end of the semester.
- On average most students take 15 to 18 credits. Don't let this overwhelm you. It can be done. You have to keep your motivation high and remember that the goal is graduation. Don't focus on how far you have to go; take it one week at a time. It's best to write everything out on one sheet of paper, creating a master to-do list. This allows you to see everything that has to be done. As you complete each assignment on your list cross it off and you'll begin to feel like you're making progress. Seeing what you have done, and what you still have to do, can keep you motivated to keep going.
- When creating your to-do list do not just put the assignments down, list everything you may have to do throughout the week. Whether you're in student government, the school newspaper or work on campus. You want to stay on top of everything because falling behind can cause stress that can take its toll on you. Study in increments and take breaks as needed. Watch one of your favorite TV shows, fix a snack or chat with a friend. This allows you to mix business and fun without feeling like you're missing out on life. After all we are still students who like to have fun. If you and a few friends all have papers to write, get together and have a homework party. When you surround yourself with good company who has the same goals as you, the motivation will be in the air. This allows you to be social in an educational setting. Ask advice from others and have your friends check over your work. If they fail to understand it then nine times out of ten so will your professor. This will tell you what to correct to get the best grade.
- Sundays seem to be a very relaxing day for most of us and can be a great homework day. You never want to start too late or you'll begin to feel tired. Start your homework mid day, even if you just answer a few questions each hour. The objective is to be able to complete a shipload of work but in small increments so you will not get overwhelmed. It usually helps to play some of your favorite music in the background at a low volume. Just loud enough to ease your mind but not take to your complete attention.
- This time of the year is the best time to visit your professors during their office hours. Many students will only visit their teachers when they are forced to or in fear of failing. Remember they are here for us, and as long as you're trying your best and dedicating yourself they will not turn you away. Stop by their office sometimes, many of our professors at Bowie State University have a lot to offer and are really nice people in and outside of the classroom. You would be surprised at how many of them have been in our very same shoes.