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College: Avoiding the End-of-Semester Slump

By 8:00 AM

From my experience in college, I know this time of the year is tough. Now that it's November and the end of the semester is nearing, it's getting harder and harder for college students to get out of bed and go to class, study for exams and actually try to get work done without procrastinating. From my experience, here's a few things you should do NOW to try to avoid that slump and come out on top at the end of the fall semester.

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Check on your grades.

Although it's a little late in the game to completely turn around a not-so-great grade in a class, you still have time to raise your average a bit. And let's be honest, we could all use an extra boost when it comes to grades!

Either schedule an appointment with your professors or just visit them during their office hours and ask them how your grade is looking right now. This way you can sort of estimate how you need to perform on final exams and guess what your ending average might be. If it's not as good as you had hoped, ask your professor if he or she offers any extra credit assignments. It never hurts to ask - the worst they can do is say no! Take the time now to work as hard as you can to make sure your grades are as good as they can be. Also, your professor will be impressed that you care enough to come speak with them one-on-one about your grade and will likely offer some guidance.

Start preparing for finals.

Depending on what school you attend, finals are probably not too far away from now. It's never too early to get a head start on preparing for them, especially in your toughest classes. One thing that always helps is to actually set up a study/preparation schedule rather than just relying on the possibility that you'll work on it "when you can." If you don't buckle down and give yourself a time frame to do something, it probably won't get done. Actually, it definitely wont't. Don't trust yourself that much - trust me, I know!

Get in check with your mental health.

It seems like the fall is always the main time when people have tendencies to get depressed or feeling down on themselves. If you're not feeling 100% and feel like your emotions are keeping you from performing as well as you can in school, look into it. Most colleges offer free counseling on campus, and it never hurts to talk to someone no matter how casual the problem may seem. Even just talking to a friend about some of your problems can help tremendously. The thing is, when your mental health is on point, you'll be able to spend more time focusing on pressing matters. If you're all over the place, it's gonna be harder to buckle down on schoolwork. Take care of yourself first and as soon as possible.

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