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Avoiding the Second-Term Slump

Sunday, January 01, 2017

It doesn’t matter if you’re a senior in high school or a senior in college, for many of us, finding the motivation to start and finish second term strong is hard to do. Because the end of the academic year is as tangible as ever, it can be easy to fall victim to the “second-term slump,” a phenomenon where the effect of the new school year wears off, leaving students crawling toward the last day of school. Here are a few tips to help you avoid slumping through second term:
Keep a homework calendar – Most students use an agenda to keep track of their classes and extracurricular activities, but you can take it a step further and become more prepared than your peers. By using your class syllabus or requesting a meeting with your teacher, you can set aside an afternoon to fill up a mini calendar with due dates and potential study sessions in advance.
Connect with a study buddy in each class – Some people need another person to act as their motivation. By connecting with a study buddy in each class, you will always have someone to keep you on track in case you need it. Whether doing homework, studying or working on projects, having a friend who can keep you focused will help fight the dreaded second-term slump.
Try something new every week – Add some extra excitement to your each weeks by setting aside a time to try something that you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, either! Potential tasks include: visiting a local restaurant, getting a different meal at dinner, starting a new book, trying a new brand of hair care or makeup product, etc.
Second term can truly be the best semester of the year, if you let it. There is so much to learn and so much fun to have, so don’t let the semester get the best of you.

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