Thanksgiving recess is almost upon us, and the anticipation for family time and turkey is growing day-by-day. It seems so sudden that the end of the semester is nearing, and the rush to prepare for last-minute group projects and final tests has begun. If you’re someone that tends to lose drive after Thanksgiving break, here are a few tips to stay motivated and finish the semester strongly:
2. Make an appointment at the CLAS.
If you know that a certain paper may be difficult to write or a class has been particularly hard, be proactive and make an appointment at the Center for Learning and Academic Success for tutoring. It is much easier to maintain motivation and work on an essay at home if you know that you have an appointment to work on it with a tutor later in the week.
3. Set aside time to relax or do something fun.
Don’t forget to give yourself a portion of time each day to unwind or do something that you love! If you keep yourself too busy, it’s easy to become exhausted and lose all motivation. Whether it be spending an hour at the gym or watching an episode of your favorite Netflix series at the end of the day, make sure you set aside some time for yourself.
4. Set small goals, and celebrate your successes.
Return from Thanksgiving recess with a few small goals- finish a project by a certain date, study two hours for a test, or anything else related to preparing for finals. Writing down specific goals can be inspiring as it allows you to also cross them off of the list as you succeed. Try to accomplish each of these goals to the best of your ability and celebrate your achievements when they occur.
Hopefully these tips will provide a little bit of balance during this time of the year and re-energize you to finish out the semester with more motivation than usual. If you have any questions or need more suggestions to maintain drive, I encourage you to visit the ninth floor of 73 Tremont, where you can gobble up some support!