Gearing Up for the Home Stretch

As the semester winds down and exams begin, it can be tempting to take your foot off the gas pedal. But that'd be a mistake, as this is the time of year when you should be putting in the most effort.


Just Do It

Motivating yourself to study isn't some magical process, it's just something you do. Studying isn't fun or enjoyable, but it is a means to an end, and it's up to you to decide how successful you want to be. Sitting down and getting the job done is what successful people do, and they understand that the greater the gain, the greater the sacrifice.

Drop the Self-Talk

People can talk themselves in or out of anything. You want to go that mixer instead of a study session? Go right ahead, but remember that every bit of studying you skip has a price that only gets higher. Be honest with yourself: are you in college to do well, or to have fun? It can't always be both, and the more you give yourself reasons that you can do everything, the more trouble you'll find yourself in.

Ask for Help

You're not the first person to find themselves losing steam near the end, and that's why colleges have programs designed to give you a leg up at precisely this point. Take advantage of writing centers, extended office hours, meeting with your TA, finding a tutor, spending more time at the library, and taking part in study sessions. The sooner you admit something has to change, the sooner you can get back on track.

Keep Your Eye on the Goal Line

Remind yourself that you've only got a few weeks left until you can exhale during the Christmas break. Just a few weeks of keeping up effort and trying hard, and then the time is yours. Circle the days on the calendar, count down how many classes and exams you have left, or anything else that works for you.

Fake it 'til You Make It

If you're not feeling motivated or wanting to study for the last exams of the semester, act like you do until you actually feel it. It's amazing how quickly the real feeling will come with just a little bit of coaxing.