How to Fight the Mid-Semester Slump

We've been in school for almost two months now and whether you've survived midterms or are just gearing up for them, it's easy to bogged down in the mid-semester slump. Especially after a fall break of relaxing with family or enjoying a tailgate on a beautiful fall day in Bloomington, staying motivated this time of year is rough. Here's how to get through the slump without letting your grades suffer!

Allow a buffer between class and homework

Trying to nosedive into homework as soon as you get home from campus is hard any time of the year, but especially now. Take 30 minutes to get a snack and bum out. Watch an episode of mindless TV or talk to roommates about the latest Gangnam parody. However you relax, set a limit. Don't let a little break turn into a wasted afternoon.

Pick a night to take off

Plan ahead and pick a night to not to homework. This might take some serious time-management to get everything done (and done well), but having one night a week dedicated to fun without the gnawing feeling that you should be doing something else is worth it.

Don't Fall Behind

This is way easier said than done. You've taken your first tests and probably realized you can skim those 146 pages for tomorrow instead of annotating like you did the first half of the semester. Whatever you do, don't fall behind in readings and work. Go into autopilot. If you start falling behind now, the chances of adequately catching up before dead week are nill.

With the weather beckoning you outside and fall activities lined up, it's easy to let school work get the back seat this time of year. If you learn to seperate work from play, though, you can relax and still make the grades you want.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!