When I was in school, I would always get kind of down after midterms. At the beginning to the semester, you’re ready to go and then you supercharge during midterms. But then the mid-semester slump hits, and it’s like you have no idea what to do with yourself. You start to freak out about your grades and forget that you still have half the semester to improve.
I get it. I used to stress myself out so much over school, so trust me, I know how you’re feeling. The important thing is that you know how to deal with your stress and how to keep moving forward even when it seems like too much. The mid-semester slump can really get you down too because you’ve been in the same routine for a few months now. Doing the same thing over and over can make you go a little bananas.
Check out my tips for beating the mid-semester slump and working your way to an A:
Form A Study Group
Now, study groups aren't for everyone, but they can be really helpful especially if you don't understand something. It's nice to have a group to discuss class topics with, especially toward the end of the semester. Give it a try at least once. If you don't like it, do your own thing.
Get Enough Sleep
You always need to make sure you're getting enough sleep for health reasons, but if you're not sleeping, you won't be on your A game when you're studying. Make sure you're getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night, especially the night before a test or big presentation.
Recognize What Needs The Most Attention
All of your classes are important, but you need to prioritize which of your classes need the most attention. If you have an A in English and a C in History, spend some more time with your History books.
Ask For Help
This is always the hardest thing to do, but it's probably the most important. If you're really struggling whether it's with a bad grade, stress or you're just not understanding something, ask for help. Ask a teacher, ask a friend, ask your brother.
Manage Your Time
Spending six hours studying for one subject is not productive. Divvy up your time according to what subjects you need to pay the most attention to. Always do homework that you have due the next day first before touching assignments you have due in a week.
I know this is easier said than done, but you need to do your best to relax. Try meditating, doing yoga, going on a walk or just zoning out in front of the TV for 20 minutes in between study sessions. You have to give yourself some personal time to stay sane!
Use Study Tactics That Work For You
Your friend might swear by notecards, but they may not work for you. Personally, I would have to type notes in class to get everything down but then I'd go back and handwrite them after. That worked for me, but wouldn't work for everyone. Always do what works for you!
Have you hit the mid-semester slump yet? How are you dealing with it? Tell us in the comments!