Summer Semester: Staying Motivated
Published: June 18, 2020 by McKenna Wulker
Summer is here and we’re three weeks into the semester already. Can you believe it?! For some of us, summer classes feel like a much needed break, but for others, it’s a daunting and exhausting experience. With so many more things happening during the summer months, it can be hard to stay focused and motivated. Read on for some tips and tricks to get you through these busy months.
Manage Your Time
Time management is arguably the most important factor in being successful in school, especially online school. With work, families, and other regular life commitments, it can be easy to push school to the wayside. Here are some things you can do to help effectively manage your time:
- Utilize and calendar or planner to keep track of important dates and events. Look through your course calendars and syllabi to find upcoming due dates. Include your personal items, as well. A calendar will show you where you are busy or free at-a-glance and aid in future planning.
- Plan out a realistic weekly schedule. Evaluate your course work and other commitments for that week and estimate how much time you need to dedicate to school.
- Schedule time for school. Even if it’s only 30 minutes to an hour each night, having a routine will help you stay consistent.
- Start early. This will ensure you’re not in a panic to complete and submit your assignments on Sunday night at 11 p.m.
Don’t Deprive Yourself of Fun
It’s easy to forget to have fun when life gets busy, but life is all about balance! Make sure you’re creating time to have fun and relax. Getting bogged down in your school work can make the semester feel unbearably long when your brain really just needs a break. You don’t have to have one or the other, you can do school and have plenty of fun along the way.
Remember Summer Isn’t Forever
While it can seem like the semester is dragging by, August 7th will be here before you know it, and you’ll get a much deserved break before the fall semester starts. Plan something between semesters to reward yourself for all of your hard work!