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How to Survive College: Study Tips

How to Survive College: Staying Sane

Zach Woodbridge, Staff Writer

Jan. 30, 2014

This semester has started off nicely, and we’re all going to be here for a while.  I know I’m already beginning to worry and stress over this semester, so here are a few tips to staying sane and relatively calm as we go through the school year.

1.     Keep track of all your work and homework in one place.  This is crucial to remembering everything you need to get done this week.  Keep a detailed list that shows you what is due and on what day, be it a document on your computer (like I have), a note in your phone, or even just a good old-fashioned handwritten list to keep in the front of your bag.  This will help you stay organized and help you get a grip on what you need to get done.

2.      Take a day off each week to just veg out.  Try to set aside one day out of the week (a week day, if you can afford it) to not do anything related to school.  It’s a good break for your mind to relax and recover during a long week.  Make a habit of doing your homework the day before so you can free up this one day.

3.      Take breaks and laugh.  YouTube is your friend during a long day of studying and work.  Take a few minutes off to watch that funny cat video or sneezing panda, and you’ll be a little better to continue working hard.  Just don’t go overboard and click the next video, then the next, then the next, et cetera...

4.      Study with friends.  Going at your homework alone can really take a toll on your energy levels.  Study with friends if you need to get work done and still stay sane.  You can even get a tutor if your friends don’t have a specific class (tutors don’t bite, trust me).  Maybe even study with that attractive guy or girl you’ve got your eye on.  Yeah, that one.

5.      Don’t freak out.  Yes, it’s a lot of work.  Yes, you’re going to be up late.  Stressing will just make things worse.  As Jesus says in Matthew 6:27, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  The answer is no, but by not worrying and using that time to study, maybe you can add another hour to your sleep!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for today.  I hope everyone makes it through the semester and all in one piece.  If you’re going insane, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  I’m there with you and so are many others.




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