It takes a very animated person to spend hours reading, caring for family members, working, and managing daily stresses, all while singing and dancing perfectly on key. As much as many of us want the seemingly unlimited time that Belle has to keep up with herself and achieve her dreams, we might need some additional planning or help to fit everything into one day. Here are a few tips for navigating self-care, time management, and campus resources so that you can spend more time being productive and avoid all-nighters in the library.
Be our Guest!
Being a college student can be hard, and we all wish we could have the time that Belle has. But if you use the resources provided to you, then your grades here will never be second best. Belle would suggest you read your textbooks and use the solutions manuals. These books provide information that expands on everything your professors teach in class. In addition, there are several people on campus who would love for you to be their guest. The Academic Achievement Center offers tutoring, academic coaching, group study sessions, workshops and more. The Writing Center has writing assistants from each college at Towson to help you with brainstorming, writing, and polishing your final draft. Lastly, if you’re stressed it’s your professors office hours we suggest! Office hours are just for you so that you can meet with your professor and ask about anything happening in your class. If you use all of the resources provided, you can beast your finals and achieve your dreams.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Petal Falls
There are several strategies you can use to manage your time and earn your grade before the semester ends and the last petal falls!
First, set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based goals for yourself. This will allow you to focus on what you need to do and create smaller steps to work toward these goals. Next, plan ahead! Look at upcoming deadlines in order to keep focused and be productive. Organize your workload into a manageable schedule. Plan out your weekly to-do items and break down larger assignments by scheduling time slots each day when you can work on them. Creating a daily to-do list is a great way to hold yourself accountable and keep yourself organized.
It can sometimes be hard to balance all of your responsibilities as a college student, so learning how to prioritize effectively is an excellent skill to practice. Ask yourself what is important, what is urgent and what can wait. Practice self-discipline and eliminate distractions such as social media. Learn how to say no when something that is not urgent comes up during a time that you have allotted for studying, but also be sure to set aside specific times to relax, have fun and take care of yourself! The best way to learn is to study in increments, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare for exams so that you do not end up cramming the night before. Lastly, beware of perfectionism, do your best but don’t set unrealistic terms for yourself.
Don’t be a Beast
It is important during this stressful time of finals to not be a beast! Therefore, during finals it is important to eat well, get sleep, and take care of yourself! Try your best to eat the best kinds of brain food, get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and pay attention to the needs of your body. If you take these three simple self-care techniques then you will not be the Beast during your finals, but instead you will BEAST your finals!