Staying motivated in the second half of session can be a challenge. Deadlines mount up and fatigue sets in. Distractions like social media can become a whole lot more compelling than your textbooks!
Whatever you’re feeling and whatever your situation, you need to bring your A game to Weeks 10-13. Making positive study choices will fuel your motivation and empower you to regain control of your learning. Here are seven suggestions for a strong finish in Session 1:
- Stay organised – use a timetable for your study schedule.
- Break up complex assignments into smaller, stepped tasks. Not only does this give you a step-by-step plan for meeting submission deadlines, it also helps you to be less overwhelmed by your to-do list.
- Form a study group or team up with a study buddy, even if it’s just for a coffee after class to discuss the lecture or tutorial.
- Study in the library. Working in a quiet environment without familiar distractions can increase your productivity.
- Know what help is available and how to ask for it.
- Check your lecturer’s weekly consultation hours (found in your unit guide) if you’d like to discuss what you’re learning.
- Drop by your faculty’s support centre to ask about PAL/PASS or other subject-specific support.
- Get assignment writing advice from a Learning Adviser in person or online, contact a Librarian for help finding sources, or get in touch with the Numeracy Centre.
- Make an appointment with Wellbeing for counselling, medical or other help.
- Get physical – schedule time for exercise and play.
- Don’t forget the big picture. Remind yourself how each small accomplishment this session contributes to realising your longer-term personal and professional goals.