How to Prevent the Mid-Semester Slump

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Maybe you’ve started the semester on a positive note, but all the enthusiasm has fizzled out halfway through. The homework that used to take only an hour to finish now takes up half of your day, and you’d rather nap or watch Netflix.

If you find yourself in a rut, uninspired, and unmotivated, here are some of the things you can do to finish the semester strong.

Find a new place to study.

Maybe the reason for your slump is that you’ve been confined to your room for a long time. If that’s the case, make time to explore the area beyond your student residence. Waterloo has lots of coffee shops where you can study in peace and lounge in leisure.

You can also visit the Waterloo Public Library if you prefer a more traditional place to study. It’s located off campus, so you’ll find it less busy and less crowded compared to university libraries. You’ll be amazed at how a simple change of scenery can do great wonders for your mind.

Revisit your goals.

Feeling a little bored after all the chaos brought on by your midterms? Don’t let the humdrum of the semester get to you. Remember why you chose that particular university and that particular course of study.

Review the goals you have set at the start of the semester. Are they still applicable? Can they still be achieved realistically?

Keep these goals SMART: they should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Create short-term goals for the day or week, and then make long-term goals for the rest of the semester.

Treat yourself.

Once you’re done revisiting your goals for the semester, think of a way to reward yourself. It can be something as simple as treating yourself to a nice dinner or buying a new tube of lipstick once a study goal has been reached. Having something to work towards will motivate you to get the job done.

Don’t go at it alone.

If you’ve been studying on your own, switch things up by finding a study group to join. To avoid procrastination and get past your slump, surround yourself with motivated students.

A study group allows you to get a fresh perspective on a topic you’re struggling with. You can also compare notes, ask questions, and learn from others. Plus, you’ll refine your communication skills along the way.

Hold yourself accountable. 

Ask a friend to check in on your progress. They shouldn’t be afraid to call you out if they’ve noticed you’ve been dropping the ball.

Explore the outdoors.

Instead of sleeping in and spending the weekend in your student residence, why not immerse yourself into the great outdoors?

You can spend your Saturday morning at St. Jacobs Farmers Market, stroll through Uptown to grab a bite to eat, or take a walk at Waterloo Park. There are lots of free activities to consider, which are perfect for student budgets.

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