Mental Health Tips of the Month

Preparing for the Final Few Weeks of the Semester

November 2014

You’ve almost made it through the semester! However, with the end in sight, it can be tempting to spend less time and energy on final projects and examinations.  It is important to stay engaged during this time in order to benefit from all of the hard work you have already put in this semester.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

Where do I stand in the class?
Consulting the course syllabus, reviewing your grades, and/or meeting with your professor can let you know where you stand in the class.  With this information, you can set realistic goals and gauge the amount of time and effort you need to put in during the last few weeks of the course. 

Is my strategy working?
Sometimes we get stuck in our study habits without realizing that there are alternative approaches to learning the material.  Reviewing your performance on previous assignments in the course can help you know if you already have strategies that are working or if you need to modify your study methods.

What do I need to do differently?
There are many different reasons students struggle to meet their academic goals.  Examining how you organize materials, manage your time, deal with stress, and prepare for assignments and tests can help give insight into ways you can improve by the end of the semester.

Can I benefit from help?
If you are struggling to achieve your goal, explore sources of additional support.  This could include asking questions in class, meeting with the professor, attending review sessions, organizing a study group, or seeking support for stress management.

What am I working toward?
Using rewards can be a key component of motivating yourself and achieving your goals.  You can use short-term rewards, such as meeting a friend when you complete you study goals for a given day, or more long-term rewards, such as taking a trip when your final exams are over.  Reminding yourself of the purpose of all of this hard work can also help inspire you when your motivation may be fading.

If none of these ideas help or you would like to learn more about how to manage end of semester stress, please call CAPS to schedule an initial consultation appointment to discuss your concerns with a therapist on staff.