It is the final week of school! There are still a few days left until the end of first semester, though. That probably means there are a few assignments and exams still looming. If you are like me, you might feel like you need to be doing 50 things at once right now. To help you get though this final week, and maybe give you some ideas of what to do differently next semester, here are a couple things I’ve been doing to keep it all together (more or less)!
Schedule: I have a handy little day planner where I write all of my due dates, appointments, and reminders, etc. I like having a physical book to write it all down. It feels so satisfying to cross things off when I finish them! If you don’t have a day planner, I encourage you to invest in one for next semester or figure out your own system! Google calendar works well for a lot of people, or you can make a giant wall calendar, too. I always have this weird fear that I’m forgetting something really important, and my planner really helps clear my head and reduce that anxiety.
Study with a friend or group: You know the feeling: it has been a long day at school or work and you know you have that assignment due. You know you should probably do it right away, but you start mentally calculating how many hours you can still put it off so you can watch Netflix. Because doing homework is literally the very last thing you want to do. I’ve found that the best way to get out of this rut is to study with other people! You can set a time to meet up with a friend or group and work together. This way, you can be semi-social, but still accomplish stuff. It’s a lot more fun than doing it alone. Plus, it’s a great excuse to go to Starbucks.
Get ready for next semester: Timetables are out now! If you have any problems or questions regarding courses or times, get those straightened out right away. Visit Student Services in B104 (Trafalgar), A247 (HMC) or B230 (Davis) or the Office of the Registrar for help.
Congratulations on finishing your first semester at Sheridan! I hope you’ve learned a lot and made some great friends over the past few months.
Enjoy your well-deserved break!
The year 2016 was great for me. I was lucky to be a Peer Mentor to my amazing mentees, I made some amazing friends for life, learnt a lot at school, and had an amazing year altogether.
I am sure everyone must have also had equally amazing experiences, gathered so much knowledge at school, made new friends at Sheridan, maybe missed hanging out with high school friends, and so much more. I hope none of you had to go through sad or depressing times in 2016, but if you did and want to talk to someone about it, make sure to benefit from services at Sheridan. Check out the Student Services Centre in Room B230 for more information. We are all here to help you!
Just like everyone else, 2016 taught me some life lessons, such as never to procrastinate, to study hard and to manage my finances cleverly. I am taking all of those lessons learnt into 2017 and also into the years ahead. Hope you will do the same.
I am sure all of you will do an amazing job on your final exams. Make sure to go through your coursework and also make use of the tutoring services in Room J314L. For me, what works best is to take small 10 minute breaks for every 90 minutes of studying. This helps me to focus and to retain the information. Try it, it might benefit you too! If you have any other ideas/ cool tips for how to prepare effectively for exams, make sure to type them in the comments section below!
Good luck with your exams!
Stay safe and have fun!
We’re coasting toward the end of the term. I know: you are probably consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine and scraping the bottom of the creativity barrel at this point. If you need distract your brain for a while, yet still kind of feel like you are accomplishing something, here are 3 interesting things I’ve discovered this week that might inspire you:
Maybe procrastination isn’t a bad thing? This article in QUARTZ makes a good argument for putting off that assignment for a while. It might make you more creative in the long run. (Don’t put it off TOO long, though)!
A return to paper products? “Why Startups Love Moleskines” is an article in the New Yorker about tangible vs. the intangible and why we still love paper.
A song that reduces anxiety? Listening to this song apparently helps! The article also includes a Spotify playlist of relaxing tunes. If you are stressed right now, this might be for you.
Hopefully this provides you with a little inspirational distraction so you can dive back into your work. Remember, the end is in sight! As always, if you have any questions or issues, feel free come to Student Services in B104 (Trafalgar), A247 (HMC) or B230 (Davis). You can also email your peer mentor with questions.
Good luck, everyone!