Spring Break blues

Photo Illustration by Joshua Roché / THE FLARE. KC staff provide tips for students battling to stay focused after Spring Break.
Photo Illustration by Joshua Roché / THE FLARE.
KC staff provide tips for students battling to stay focused after Spring Break.

While assignments are piling up, students are counting down the days until summer and already missing their Spring Break.

Students are overwhelmed as classes are moving faster and the prospects of final exams are looming ahead. Most students are ready to go on another Spring Break.

Michele Daniels, speech instructor, said there is more panic during this time because students realize they have to step to the plate or they’re going to be out, and there’s no more leeway left in this semester. The end of the semester is coming up, and there is a rush to get everything done.

“It seems like after Spring Break everything comes so much faster, so the recommendation would be that when we get to this point in the semester to stop and look at what’s ahead of you and prioritize that,” Daniels said.

While it’s easy to fall back on Spring Break habits, such as sleeping in and going out instead of studying, there are still six weeks left that can affect the overall grade.

There is plenty of time for a grade to go up a letter, or down, depending how someone utilizes the time.

“The seven weeks after Spring Break may still be enough time to bring a grade up.” Heidi Everett, Trio Learning specialist, said.

The long semester students started with is growing short and now there are only six weeks left until summer.

Daniels tries to encourage students by telling them there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

“You’ve come this far. You just have a little further to go,” Daniels said.

To get ready for the last weeks of school, students should make a new daily routine. Breaking away from the Spring Break schedule should help get out of the spring break mentally.

While looking at a to-do list, start with the most unpleasant task on the list first. While starting with the easier tasks may seem like the best idea, it isn’t. After getting done with the other tasks, there might not be enough energy to focus on that big task.

If students have been unsuccessful after getting back from Spring Break, then they need to start by looking at what assignments are due.

After that, get as much done to get the best grade possible.

If someone is having trouble with a subject and hasn’t gone for help before, this would be the best time to seek help.

“Instructors are generally very approachable. I insist all our students keep open communication between their instructors and themselves.” Everett said.

It’s unlikely anyone can learn a whole semester of material in one week, so students should get started on final exams as early as possible.

The preparations for final exams should start three weeks before the exam or when assignments have been turned in Daniels said.

While studying for the final exams, don’t rush through the process. The upside to starting early is having plenty of time to review over certain areas.

Daniels said her recommendation for studying is not to reread over questions, but have a friend ask them to quiz over them.

“If you can recall them on the top of your head then you’re more likely to identify it on a test,” Daniels said.

Students should be collecting their test reviews or old tests, if they can.

Even if students aren’t ready to start studying, they should know where they are. The questions on the final exam likely will come from these.