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.
Virtual Learning Blog
These are extraordinary times, times that will challenge us to work together, to seek support, to offer support. The McGraw Center is here to help those of you off campus and those on campus, and first years through seniors, to adapt to the new and unfamiliar ways you are being taught and the expectations and demands that go with the changes to so many aspects of academic life. We want to reassure you that we intend to face these challenging circumstances with a spirit of camaraderie, resourcefulness, and resilience, and to tackle difficulties as they arise creatively and strategically.
We believe that helping you work collaboratively with peers and enhancing your learning skills and strategies will minimize stress and help you meet your academic challenges. This can be helpful not only academically but also in managing stress in other parts of your life. We’re glad we are able to continue offering our services and we look forward to working with you.
In this blog we will respond to questions and issues raised by Princeton students with brief posts that include concrete, actionable advice and incorporate other McGraw resources. Posts will be added frequently, so please share with us challenges, questions, and topics you would like addressed
Yes, burn out is a thing, and there are some things you can do about it.
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.
Creating A Productive Workspace
Many of us find it difficult to work at home and are missing our favorite workspace(s) on campus right now. Establishing a workspace that is physically, socially, and mentally conducive to productively engaging in your academic work will be crucial in the coming weeks.