Students (and others on campus, I might add) more frequently comment in the period after spring “break” that they are experiencing burn out. It seems people are feeling more depleted and less energized, and experience the ‘weight’ of their academic (and other) demands more powerfully and persistently.
Yes, burn out is a thing, and there are some things you can do about it.
What’s the most prevalent challenge that students face as they acclimate to the academic environment at Princeton?
There are a number of factors that go into this and there are important differences among students.
Tests are not transparent measures of what students know, and performing well on them is not simply a matter of knowing the relevant course content.
Studying and Exam Prep: What exactly are they, and how are they different?
It’s useful to distinguish the act of ‘studying’ from the process of ‘exam prep’ in order to home in on how to do each of them optimally. In short, while they certainly overlap both in terms of methods and mental processes involved, they differ in that studying generally emphasizes ‘taking in’ information and organizing, synthesizing and...
Final Projects, Dean’s Date Papers and Final Exams on your mind?
McGraw can help you prepare for and excel on end-of-semester assignments and exams.
What Can I Do Now To Prepare For Dean’s Date & Finals?
Q: Finals feel far away, but I know they will come quickly. What can I do to get ready for finals?
Getting into an “academic rhythm” when you are off campus/in isolation
Q: I can’t seem to get into an “academic rhythm” in the same way at home as I did when I was on campus—what are some things I can do?
How do I deal with spending so much time by myself, working alone and isolated?
Strive to make your academic work as collaborative as possible. Create study groups, contact friends to serve as accountability partners, be proactive in your classes to reach out to students you don’t already know. And, of course, devote non-academic time to meeting your social needs and just having fun “with” others.
I’m having a hard time motivating myself to “attend” online lectures and, especially, watch recorded ones. What can I do?
There’s a lot to adapt to.Whether you are on or off campus there is now a lot less structure to your day, fewer environmental and social cues that you are a student in college, and there may well be greater distractions of a less-than-ideal...
Structuring Your Unstructured Time
Without extracurriculars and other non-academic activities, some of you may feel like you have more ‘free time’ yet find it more difficult to get started, create a doable schedule, and stay on task.