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Approaching the Finish Line

The two weeks after Thanksgiving break are notorious amongst college students. Teased by freedom from school and the beginning of the holiday season, motivation to write final papers and study for exams is hard to find. Looking for a way to beat the turkey-induced bout of post-break laziness? Here are a few simple tips to avoid crashing before you hit the finish line:

1. Defeat procrastination before it’s too late! Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t get too far on the list of homework you wanted to do over the break, and the daunting list of tasks to be done can be a temptation to put it off further. However, even the procrastinator can be tricked into working ahead by easing into small amounts of work at a time. Study during commercial breaks, devote just 15 minutes at a time to something that needs to get done, or set yourself to complete only 25% of an assignment before you hang out with your friends. Motivation to begin is considerably harder to produce than motivation to continue something that has already begun, so make getting started as easy as possible.

2. Find an environment that will encourage studying. Surprisingly, your couch, your bed, your dorm, and in front of a TV are terrible places to study! If you like lattes, study at a coffee shop. If you want pancakes, go to Denny’s to study. If being around friends will keep you off Facebook long enough to accomplish something, meet together at someone’s house. ASI offers the All Night Study in the TSU to accommodate all of your study needs at any time. Finding the right environment will maximize the time you spend studying.

You’d be hard pressed to find a student excited to return from Thanksgiving break, but some creativity can help you finish the semester with excellence. Discover what helps you the most, and make the approach to the finish line as smooth and easy as possible.