By: Isaiah Silva
Now that we are about a month into the semester, it is easy to say that the motivation from the new semester is long gone for most students. Everyone is counting the days until spring break. Unfortunately, there is still over a month until break, but don’t lose focus! There is still a lot of work to do.
There are many ways to fight the procrastination that seems to be floating through the air.
Don’t listen to music while you’re studying!
According to a 2010 Applied Cognitive Psychology study, students who study with music have the poorest recall ability.
Cramming isn’t a bad thing.
UCLA conducted a study and found that cramming for an exam places information into your short-term memory rather than long-term which makes it easier to recall.
In order to remember large amounts of information, create a song, rhyme, or funny way to remember what you’re studying. One could even relate the material to a certain experience they’ve had.
Go to your professor’s office hours!
Even if you only want to see your professor for the times you are supposed to each week, it only benefits you to visit their office hours. Cultivating a good relationship with your professor could bring your grade up. Also, you may become actual friends with your professor and they could be willing to write you letters of recommendation that could help you land a job in the future.
Now, this may be hard to carry out because there just never seems like there is enough time to study, do homework, and fit meals in between. However, getting the right amount of sleep helps information sink in. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
Study in a comfortable place.
For some, their studying can only be done in a library, or in a coffee shop surrounded by people. Try out different environments to see which works best for you.
As hard as the semester may seem, just remember the bigger picture. College isn’t easy, but it is worth it. The feeling of accomplishment when you receive your degree outweighs any feelings of sadness or despair you may be feeling right about now.