The desire to obtain a G.P.A. which will almost guarantee a scholarship or a “free ride” to success is a much sought after reward for students. Therefore many students see no problem with having “tunnel vision” and excluding all side distractions while in pursuit of this goal. Burnout can occur when there is no longer any balance in a student’s life. Burnout sometimes results from intense sessions of study to the exclusion of all else. The nerves become frayed and the energy which should go into studying is depeleted. Rest is needed, and sometimes extreme exhaustion has occurred.
In order to avoid this scenario, observe the following habits:
1. Make a schedule for each day of the week. Be flexible using a method that will allow for changes that can be facilitated easily. Allow for yourself times for normal everyday routines such as eating, grooming, exercise, resting and some socializing.
2. List all tests and papers that are coming up, and get in advance of them. Don’t wait until a few days or a few hours before you are faced with the completion of papers and studying for tests simultaneously.
3. Take mental “breathers” throughout the day by going on short walks on campus or around the block. Take in breaths of nature and appreciate all that is reflective of the beauty God placed on this earth. You may also treat yourself to a favorite snack occasionally throughout the week or take an hour or two to catch up on some napping.
4. Drink plenty of water. Water is beneficial to cleanse the body within and helps all the vital organs of the body. Don’t keep yourself up each night with caffeine.
5. Take a soak in the tub after intense hours of study. These mini-baths will invigorate you and help you to feel refreshed.
6. Take time out to confer with others. Ask questions and see if there is something you can do for them, or something they can do for you that will help both of you be successful in the classes you have in common. Don’t neglect your social side. However, don’t go all the way out in social things to the neglect of your studying.
7. Refrain from using alcohol or drugs while studying. You will need a clear mind to be able to recall what you have studied and stick to your studying routine.
8. Review, review, review. Underline important items which you feel will be tested. Review your notes several times with an emphasis on connecting the relevancy of each note to what are the main topics of concern.
9. Try not to cram the night before an exam. Instead cram a few days before and provide yourself with a light review the day before.
10. Go to your professor and ask him or her if there is anything specific that will dominate the test. Also talk to students who took the classes you have to learn about the what was previously tested the last time it was taught.
Preparation is the main key to success in school. On your checklist of things to do, check off all things that you feel have been done successfully to help you “ace” the classes. Improve this method of analyzing your preparation each quarter. Use your time wisely and this will help you achieve your success goals without an overload of stress. Relax and enjoy getting your education by keeping these suggestions in mind.