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Buffer the Grind

By Ashton Herman
Web Content Contributor

The semester may be nearly halfway done, but that’s no excuse to avoid improving your work ethic! If you need a quick refresher, or are new to the relentless grind of college, take a quick read through these tips on bettering your scholastic performance.

1. Get Some Sleep.

While it was cool in middle school to stay up past midnight, not getting enough sleep can prove detrimental to your learning capabilities. According to medicalnewstoday.com, sleep deprivation can induce forgetfulness and an inability to learn correctly among other things, and prolonged deprivation can cause high blood pressure, leading to a whole host of other health issues.

Make life easier by just sticking to a sleep schedule. Now, sticking by the clock is admittedly a lame way to live, so set a reasonable time, perhaps for Friday and the weekends, to go to sleep at that still gives plenty of time to party or relax. In this way, you can experience college to the fullest while still getting in a good night’s rest.

An alarm clock sits bottom right in a somewhat aesthetic manner.
Be sure to set reasonable times for bed! Image by Ashton Herman.

2. Portion Your Work.

The workload when you hit college isn’t exactly immense, but it’s nothing to put off either. Finishing even mild workloads, however, can seem insurmountable if taken head-on. Rather than the direct approach, try completing homework and projects in portions; finish a simple homework assignment, maybe start on a project, then take a step back.

With this method, your brain becomes less fatigued by its tasks. You’ll find yourself breezing through anything your professors might throw at you, so long as you stick to the work but take your time.

3. Never Work Alone.

No matter how much of a lone wolf someone is, working in a group often proves more beneficial than working alone. Promote your ability to work with partners by forming a study group! Study groups, though a little intimidating to form at first, create valuable connections inside the classroom that can be used in both studying and work completion.

If forming groups is not your strong suit, then feel free to attend any sessions that the school has to offer. Professors sometimes hold study sessions for their students, and the college itself has the Student Learning Assistance Center located in the Alkek library that is open to any student that needs help. Either way, getting focused help on your work makes it much easier than completing it on your own. 

The college life is one of struggle, but there are ways to lessen its grind. And while there are a plethora of other ways to support yourself on your academic path, sometimes taking the easiest advice can lead to the best payouts.

Feature image by Ashton Herman.

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