Julia Walters

Managing Editor

The end of the semester can be difficult for everyone. Finding the motivation to focus and getting down to business is always a problem at this time of year. It’s hard to pay attention to one single assignment when everything is piling up all at once. However, there is still hope! With some of these motivating tips, it’ll become easier to find the motivation and focus for all those projects, assignments, and those dreaded finals.

  1. Keep your goals small.

Many people make the mistake of keeping their overall goals for studying or working on an assignment far too large. This can seem overwhelming and too much to dwell on all at once. For example, instead of having a goal such as “I will finish this entire essay tonight before I go to sleep,” try making the goal “I will write an introductory paragraph and thesis statement for this essay and then take a small break.” This is easier because it leaves less room for procrastination and anxiety!

  1. Don’t memorize notes all at once.

Many classes require cumulative final exams that are heavily fact based. Instead of attempting to memorize an intense amount of facts all in one sitting, it’s a better idea to read through about a page of notes and then on a separate piece of paper, rewrite all the information that was retained. After this, go over the things that didn’t get remembered the first time around. This helps the brain actually learn the information rather than cramming everything in one night.

  1. Chew gum while studying.

Chewing a piece of gum while studying or working on an essay can increase focus and memory. For an extra boost on your exam, try to chew the same flavor of gum while taking the final. This will help with memory recall!

  1. Don’t study on your bed.

As much as you may want to, studying on a bed is not ideal. As college students living in dorms, it can be easy to use beds for everything, including as general seating areas. While it may be easy to crack open the books or laptops on the bed, it’s usually not a good idea. Beds subconsciously make people think of relaxation and sleep since that is what they’re mostly used for. This blocks motivation and focus while studying. It’s always a better idea to just study at a regular desk.

  1. Keep your environment positive and comfortable.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but actually taking the time to create a nice environment while studying can help exponentially. Small things like lighting a favorite candle, having an organized desk, and having bright lighting rather than dimmed are things that can help improve mood and attitude toward studying.