It's great we are on thanksgiving break. It's the time to relax, hangout with family, pig out at countless dinners, catch up on some Thursday night football and just let loose for a couple of days. At least that's our typical line of thought as students: relax now, scramble to finish up school work Sunday evening before school. I hate to be a Debbie Downer here but there are academic responsibilities to seriously to consider after thanksgiving break.
For some of us, it's a straight shot to finals; without any more midterms, your sole attention is on preparing for finals. For others, there are still papers to write, quizzes to ace and tons of homework to do. I hope it has been a successful semester for everyone so far but I understand that may not be the case for every student. So here are 3 tips for getting back on your feet:
1. Break = Catch-up/ Study time
Play hard, work hard! You've got full days during this thanksgiving break to run wild and do what you want. Remember though, when school returns we will be getting down to crunch time. If you've fallen behind on the semester's work, you can use this time to get yourself back to pace. If you are already at a comfortable place with your schoolwork, you could review what has been learned or better yet get ahead! Oh this probably a good time to get those sleep cycles back to regular :P.
2. Organize, organize organize.
Thanksgiving break is also a time to reflect on what has happened in the semester: reflect on what we planned to get done at the beginning and what we have ended up achieving so far. It's a nice time to figure out what in our plans worked, what didn't and what we could do to improve our positions. Also it's a great time to figure out final schedules (if you have not already), study spaces and study plans.
3. Still unsure...
If you are still uneasy or unsure about how your semester is going, this is definitely the time to reach out to your professors, teaching assistants (TAs) and advisors. It is a good habit to always monitor where you stand in a class throughout the semester. If you have not done so, don't worry, it's still perfectly fine to find out about your class grades and see what your TAs or professors expectations are of you. Depending on your performance, you could also speak to your advisers about steps you should take for the rest of the semester. It could be for academic worries, involvement, etc. The point is to work together to find a solution to whatever problems you may be facing. Since it is registration period most advisers are busy helping students organize their spring class schedules at this time. However, take patience and don't fret; appointments always open up for students in no time.
So I hope you take this thanksgiving period to re-energize for the last push of the semester. Remember: it is never too late to turn things around for worse or (preferably) better!! Good luck!