A guide to surviving the dreaded Term 3
With the Easter break drawing closer to an end, a sizable number of students are beginning to panic with essay deadlines and exams looming over them. Everyone knows the ‘dreaded Term 3’. There is no more distinction between weekdays and weekends, there is an increasingly negative correlation between the work pressure and the weather outside, and there is just one thing on your mind- ‘When will all of this just be done and over with?’
Unfortunately, (or you could say fortunately), the Easter break has pretty much replaced my Term 3 as I chose 100% essays for my assessment method. As I’m still here writing this blog, it’s fair to say that I have somewhat survived this period. So, I thought it was quite fitting to do a guide on how to survive the dreaded Term 3. They may seem like straight forward and obvious advice but trust me I was also guilty of not sticking to many of them in my first year.
1.Block out what everyone else is doing
There will always be that one friend who spends their days and nights in the fifth floor of the library (For all you prospective students, this is the floor in the library with pin drop silence) only to still stress about how much work they have. Their panic is easily contagious and is highly likely to put you in the same mode. Beware. Remember: everyone has different working style, has different coping mechanisms, and at the end of the day is at a different stage in their workload. You just got to do what works for you without being affected by those around you.
2. Work smart. Not hard.
While it may seem tempting to just spend every minute in the library, you’re probably not going to be the most productive that way.I remember in my first year when I decided to pull an all-nighter in the library with my friends. Let’s just say that more time was spent stressing about work, having midnight ice-cream breaks, and watching the sunrise together. It might have been fun (maybe just do it once for the experience?) but looking back it wasn’t productive at all. For me personally, I try and make a reasonable daily to-do-list and only work a nine-to-five schedule. That’s my way of keeping sane.
3. Do not neglect sleep and diet.
This brings me to my next point. This is probably the most cliched advice you’ll hear but trust me it’s important. Part of working efficiently is to be well-rested and have a balanced diet. You definitely do not want to be working on 4 hours of sleep and library café sandwiches. Again, I’m guilty of the latter. I dread to think how much money I’ve spent on those library café sandwiches. Not that I’ve changed much since first year but making a conscious effort to add fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks to your diet will go a long way.
4.Taking breaks is important
If you are able to work constantly without taking a break, then that’s great. But taking breaks is important and will perhaps even reenergise you for your work. Take a couple of days of to travel. Spend time outdoors going on walks- maybe take your books with you? Work from a café on day if you need a change of environment. Make plans to meet up with friends and socialise. You’ll find that by doing so you’ll be refreshed and ready to give your 100%.