My best friend asked me to do a post on getting through the last few weeks of school. She has senioritis. Bad. And her solution so far has been to drink “8+ cups of coffee a day” and to watch “Disney movies while doing homework to distract from the pain.”
While totally admirable there may be other, better, ways to get through the last weeks of school. (And if you’re going to graduate school, your grades matter so you can’t check out.)
- Start studying before finals week. That way you don’t have to cram everything in.
- Don’t drink too much. It’ll affect you the next day and probably won’t be worth it.
- Find something to relieve stress such as exercising, a massage, hanging out with friends, etc. Anytime I get stressed I know that a workout on the elliptical or a good run will help me out.
- Have fun. It’s your last bit of school and chances are you won’t see these people very often from now on. Treasure your friendships.
- Reward your studying with treats such as sweets or an episode of a show. At the end of every quarter, my bff gets a celebratory cupcake. It’s something to look forward to and a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Find the best place for you to study. You may like solitude and silence or you may like the lounge. But find a good place that you can concentrate.
- Study in groups if that works for you. It can be fun and can help a lot.
- Take care of yourself mentally and physically.
- Keep your notes organized. Title, date, and add page numbers to them.
Now, to be honest, I figured out that I had a high enough GPA and knew enough of the material that I could somewhat check out for the last bit of school and still graduate with honors. I’m a good test taker and I have a pretty good memory in regards to schoolwork (I had also re-read certain textbooks throughout the semester so I would retain the knowledge) so I spent about 2.5 hours studying during finals week (I probably should have spent at least 10-15 hours studying.) But I decided that spending time with friends was more important to me than finals. My decision worked well for me. I still graduated with honors and I spent time with friends. Although, I did get lucky, the stuff I studied ended up being on the test while the stuff I didn’t study wasn’t. (How often does that happen?!)
And while I wouldn’t recommend what I did for everyone, it did work out for me and if you know you can do it too without any consequences, it might be worth it.
Sadly there’s no cure to senioritis, you just have to keep yourself motivated and in the best spirits to keep on going. You’re almost there!
Have you found any helpful ways to battle senioritis?