ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ten tips for end of term survival

Updated on August 27, 2013

Ah the end of term. The frenetic nervous energy around the college is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It's the time of year that can make or break in college. So, here are some of my tips for surviving the end of term at college.

Take care of yourself physically

Get enough rest: My students tell me they are sleeping 3 hours a night and sometimes surviving on energy drinks (in our day it was caffeine). This might seem like a time saver, but you will shoot your nervous, and will y not work as efficiently as you think. When you don't get enough rest, your critical thinking skills, something you need to write essays and exams, will not be at their best. If you insist on getting less sleep, try going to bed at a reasonable hour and get up earlier. You'll work more effectively in the earlier hours of the day anyhow.

Pay attention to what you eat: Junk food and end of term seem to go hand-in-hand. Granted that thinking about preparing meals if you are spending all your days at the school might seem challenging and vending machine and snack bar samosas might seem more cheaper and convenient. At the very least try buying a lot of pre-packaged nutritious items from your local grocery store and stock pile it in the fridge. That worked for me in graduate school. Chips and chocolate don't do much to enhance your cognitive abilities.

Schedule some exercise time: A half hour of vigorous walking, running, or a brief visit to the fitness center of your local college will do wonders for you. You will release some of the stress and pressure, regroup and recharge and increase your capacity for long hours in the chair studying and doing those assignments. Much of the success in school has to do with just sitting there and getting the work done.

Schedule a bit of fun time: Sure you might be working 18 hours a day, but balancing it with some recreation and partying paced at just the right time will help you clear your head, process all the information you have input and recharge your batteries. Just don't get too drunk or hung over.

Take care of yourself emotionally

One of the most common problems on campus for many students especially in their first year is isolation. Try to seek out peer tutoring, or form study groups with others. If you are feeling especially overwhelmed then consult with college counselling services. I've seen more than my share of stressed out students in class during the last two weeks who freeze up and the prospect of either doing a stack of assignments or failing. Often, there are other things going (a break up or family issue, for example). The instructor or tutor isn't always available to talk at length, so don't be afraid to book a session with a college counselor. They are very experienced with helping students with end of term stress.

Surviving end of term: take care of yourself academically

Don't skip class. This might sound like a no-brainer, but all too often, I see students skip out to get their assignments done their other courses. As a course winds down, remember that this is the time when the professor starts giving concluding thoughts that wrap up the course, and hints study tips for the final. It's the time to watch for that phrase, "now this is important".

Talk to your professor or tutor. Do this especially if you have any problems. This is your last chance. If you are stuck on some points of the course, or even have questions about a past assignment, You never know, that place where you you are stuck just might show up on the exam.

Understand, htough that you may not be able to cram the whole course in a week and get an A (or even a B). But if you get clarifications on main areas and themes of the course then you will will better use your time and anticipate the exam questions and not fry your brain circuits out form too much stress.

Go to the library. If you live in the student residence, chances are it is probably hard to get much done when you are in. The residence is great for socializing, but sometimes not so conducive to studying. The library might also be ideal if you live off campus and find yourself isolated, or if you live at home and find yourself needed to escape the clutches of the parents.

End of term crunch: time management

Shut off your cell phone and avoid the Internet:. My students, many of whom have hundreds of Facebook friends, have told me that Facebook was one of the single biggest distractions in the end of term crunch. How available do you really have to be for all those friends? If you can't restrain yourself, then check in once a day. That's it.

Then keep it shut down. Studies have shown that multi-tasking is a myth, and that in reality, if you study with other electronic distractions(music playing, several browser screens open with messaging and FB) you will less effective. While you're at it, stay off of Twitter, stay away from YouTube and shut of your cellphone (so you don't check all those texts and get enmeshed in the 'back and forth' instead of working).

Use a timer: You may find you can only study in short bites. I find it helpful to use a timer. say you set it for 30 minutes, then for that 30 minutes all I do is focus on the one thing (a chapter in a book or writing a few paragraphs in a paper). You would be surprised how productive you can be when you put your whole attention on something. Then give yourself permission to take a short break (OK, now you can look at your texts).

Tip 11 - watch your self talk

Yes, I said there would be ten tips for end of term survival but here is the eleventh, one that just occurred to me. Watch your self talk. Your thoughts will send you down the rabbit hole to hell, or a paralyzing anxiety that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you tell yourself you will fail enough times, you might just do that. If you tell yourself, "you can't do this" sure enough that will be the case. Now people have written for centuries about this stuff, and there's all kinds of techniques such as affirmation and positive thinking, but the easiest thing to do is just to catch yourself--oops I just had a negative thought. That's the thought that will make you get up, get junk food, turn on your phone, or browse the net. When that happens do one of two things:

Flag it -say to yourself oops, I had a negative thought/self talk. Then get back to what you are doing quickly (before 3 seconds)

Second: ask yourself how is this going to help me. If you have drifted to something else, you're on the road to sabotage and anxiety. Ask yourself how your thoughts and actions will support your goals of doing well or even passing. Chances are, they won't. Then gently shift back to what you are doing.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)