Being a college student with a double major and a minor when I think of march madness I think of the insane amount of work I have to get done during the month of March.
I start off the second semester at the end of January and usually spend the first couple of weeks getting adjusted to the new class schedule and workload but then, bam! March hits and everyone has way more work than they can handle, is way more exhausted than they should be and is drinking way more caffeine than they probably I thought humanly possible.
And not to mention spring break is in the middle of March, which, on its face sounds fun, and don’t get me wrong, I love spring break. However, because it falls right in the middle of the semester there is no way to avoid all the papers and exams that fall right around it. That is, whether you take them before the break or, even worse, you have one the day you come back and therefor must spend part of your break studying and writing papers.
I am aware that this happens every year and each year that I am in school I work to improve my planning and study habits so that I can have a more enjoyable March. So here’s a little list of what I’ve learned so far.
- Plan ahead: If you know you have a lot of papers coming up plan your time accordingly so you have enough time to complete each of them without having to spend the night in the library the day before one is due. Or, if you are going on a spring break trip plan to get things done ahead of time so you’re not sitting on the beach reading a textbook.
- Travel time: Time spent sitting in the car or on a plane can be a great time to read or do other work because you have nothing else to do so you can get it done then so you don’t have to do it once you reach your destination.
- Don’t try and get it done all at once: Just trust me on this one, it won’t happen. You should spread your work out because trying to get it done all at once just isn’t realistic or any fun. It will probably take you even longer to finish because you’ll get distracted or end up procrastinating more than if you spread the work out over a couple different shorter amounts of time.
- Remember to take breaks: Plan you’re work around things that you like doing. It is important to take breaks in between doing work to give yourself a breather. Ultimately it will probably make your work better because it will give you time to reflect on what you just studied or wrote. Also, it gives you time to enjoy something that you love doing. It could be as big as taking a day off to hang out with your friends or as small as taking five minutes to go have a snack or watch a short video before returning to your work.