In the final weeks of any semester, it is easy to let assignments, deadlines, essays, and work get the better of you. After weeks of working hard, it is natural to want to taper off as we head into winter break. But, the semester’s last weeks are just as important as the beginning, meaning you’ll want to stay on top of your work to make sure you’re staying successful.
To accomplish this, remember what’s made you successful thus far. The best way to do this is to keep up the routines you’ve had for the first nine weeks of term. Keep setting aside time to do your readings or problem sets. Make sure you’re planning your essays and leaving yourself enough time to research, write, and edit them. And most important of all, it’s vital to set aside time to look after yourself, take care of your mental and physical wellbeing, and relax. All of this is important to keep your momentum up and power through these last few weeks.
Even though we’re in the midst of a national lockdown in England, keep in mind that success takes a village. That means staying connected with friends, family, mentors, and everyone else who supports you along the way. There’s no reason you should be doing this alone, and remembering that your team has your back is essential for being successful.
On a final note, many of you will have likely gotten your first marked essays back. This is a great opportunity for you to see how you’re doing, where you’ve been flourishing, and where you might need improvement. Take that feedback seriously, but also take it in stride. It’s your first essay and it’s only one essay. Talk to your teachers about their feedback and ask them how you can improve. There’s plenty of time left in the academic year to improve your performance and perform at the level you desire. It’s time to finish Michaelmas Term strong and power through the rest of term. You got this!