How to survive last minute assignments

You forgot about an assignment or there may  be a snap quiz that’ll make or break your grade point average. Here are some ideas on how to deal with it:

Set specific study goals

When you are in a panic, you might think that simply putting in the hours guarantees success. It does not. You need to be very focused so that all your effort goes into reaching your goal.

Look at what you need to know to complete the assignment, quiz or exam.

Make a list of all the spots you need to hit.

Once you know what you need to know to do, you can work out a sensible approach to get it all done efficiently.

Make a timetable that assigns how long you can spend on each goal.

Kick everyone out

Studying in a group is not useful at this point, as you will just end up complaining about your work. Go to your room, lock the door, switch off your phone and stay away from social media. Focus on your work.

Schedule breaks

Your brain will not work at full speed all night, so you need to be sensible and take breaks. There is no hard and fast rules as to how often and how you should take a break. The best way is to work with your body’s rhythms.

You may find that you work best long haul, in which case you can work for 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break.

If you are better at short flashes, you can work for 20 minutes and take a break for five minutes. Most importantly, try to add in a good nap at the end.

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