As the school year comes to a close, college students have all got just one thing on our minds: summer! But before we escape the burdens of textbooks, pencils, cram sessions and ehem, fine dining hall cuisine, there is still work left to do. Think of the academic year as one long grueling marathon. You have dug deep for all those miles, will you quit when the finish line is in sight? Not if we have anything to do with it. Here are four ways to finish your spring semester strong.
1. Maximize academic effort
You’ve worked hard all year, consumed countless cups of coffee, and have probably slept more in the library than in your own dorm room. You owe it to yourself to push yourself to the finish! Stay organized and on top of your courses and assignments to make sure you still can fit in some end-of-the-semester fun as well.
2. Stay in tip top mental shape
Maintaining your focus with the stress of term papers and looming final exams can make your brain a bit crazy. Get your brain some TLC out in the fresh air. Keep a checklist for a visual confirmation of what you’ve accomplished so far and what still needs to be completed. You will breathe a sigh of relief when check something off that ever-shrinking list.
3. Work out, stay healthy
With all this academic muscle-flexing at the end of a semester, don’t forget to hit the gym too! Regular exercise will get you more than just a great beach body. According to an October 2010 report published in the scientific journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, increased physical activity has been proved to improve cognitive flexibility and control. Trust the experts work up a sweat to bump up your grades!
4. Catch some Z’s
When all your concentration and energy is being poured into your schoolwork, it can be hard to remember to treat your body right. Studying is important but we all still need sleep. “Any amount of sleep deprivation will diminish mental performance,” cautions Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.” as reported by the Franklin Institute. “One complete night of sleep deprivation is as impairing in simulated driving tests as a legally intoxicating blood-alcohol level.” Don’t scrimp on sleep to make the grade with your last batch of tests and quizzes.
Keeping your mind and body strong will help you finish a champion of spring semester and hit your stride again when you come back to school in the fall.