Where do you find the motivation to finish strong?

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We just finished midterms. What a relief, right? As each day goes by, we’re slowly approaching finals. Crazy, huh? Well, the question that arises now is: how do we motivate ourselves to stay on the right track? We all did our best on our midterms, but how does someone maintain the good track record to finish strong?

Here are some helpful tips:

1.) Look at your midterm grades. Are you happy with them? If not, ask your professors for some help. They’re there for you. They want you to succeed! You could always create a study group with some of your classmates. Two heads are always better than one.

2.) Have you asked for extra credit? Although some professors don’t offer any extra credit, there are a lot that do. Those extra points can really help you out in the end.

3.) Start your assignments ahead of time and pace yourself. If get an essay assignment Monday, don’t wait until Thursday to start it. Pace yourself. Try to brainstorm on Monday,  outline on Tuesday, draft on Wednesday, and edit on Thursday. This way, you won’t be sweating bullets the night before because you haven’t started your essay. This goes for all projects. Try your very best to start them ahead of time. Always check your syllabus for up-coming projects/essays. If you know they’re due in the next two weeks, try your best to start them right away. You’ll feel much better once it’s done early, and it will allow you to have free time for other things!

4.) Exercise and eat healthy! This is probably easier said than done. I’m sure you’ve heard it over and over again, but it holds true. School is very stressful. It’s not easy to keep up with all the time. Even if you’re not a bodybuilder, a simple stroll around the area is good exercise and stress reliever. And watching what you eat can be difficult, but maybe if you switch out that candy bar for a fruit every once in awhile, you’ll notice the difference.

5.) Reward yourself! Good grades shouldn’t be the only satisfaction you get from school! Go out with your friends and see a good movie. Laugh, play, jump around. Do anything that truly makes you happy after a hard test, homework, or essay. Rewarding yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Having that little bit of excitement in your life can go a long way.

If you have any additional suggestions for staying on the right track during the final weeks of school, please post them in the comments section. I’d love to read them!

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