Student Issues

College Stress And The Danger of Burning Out

We’re almost half-way through second semester of college, which means that for many students they’re almost there. Envisioning summer is getting that little bit easier as students start to tackle another set of essay, assignments and exams that haunt every second semester.

The majority of students already have one set of exams down, which equals to weeks of hard work. However, with more exams looming in the coming weeks, what can you do to make sure you don’t burn out?

It’s not uncommon for students to feel a dip in their motivation in second semester, even though a new semester should appear as a new start. While you may have all the best intentions, oftentimes it can be hard to bring yourself back into the intense study mode you were just in before Christmas.

Diving in head first will help neither you nor your marks, so it’s important to take a few times to make sure you last the rest of the year.

1. Take your time.

Give yourself a little breather the first few weeks of college. New modules, new classes and a new timetable all require another period of adjustment, so let yourself just go with the flow for the first little while. There is plenty of time to get down to the books after you get yourself ready to do just that.

2. Think long-term.

Maybe you were delighted with your first semester marks, or maybe you were gutted. Either way, it’s important not to dwell too much on what’s already happened. You can’t go back re-sit an exam or re-submit an essay, so you need to work with what you have. Think long-term and try not to get bogged down on your marks. There are plenty of chances to bring up your standard, if that’s what you want.

Similarly, if you did well in your first semester, it’s important not to get complacent. Try your best to keep doing what you’re doing.

3. Talk to your lecturers.

They’re really the best people to get you back on track. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the module forms of assessment, what books you have to buy – or not buy – and what your workload will be like.

4. Make a plan.

The weeks will fly by before you know it, so take a little time to sit down and plan out the remaining weeks. Make a note of when you have any mid-terms, any assignment deadlines you currently know of, and maybe even a rough plan of when you hope to start the assignments. You might think it excessive but laying it all out makes it easier to work with.


5. Schedule in relaxation.

Yes, even though it may seem like you have a million and one things to do, it’s equally important to make sure you get some down time. Give yourself enough time for a bit of Netflix watching, catching up with friends or simply leaving the house.

6. Take a break.

Only you know yourself and your limits. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re stressed, walk away from it all for a bit. You will function better if you take small measures like listening to yourself and your body, knowing when you’ve pushed yourself too far and knowing when to step back.

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