How to survive the second semester slump

OK, let's be honest, the second semester of school can be especially overwhelming. The excitement of the holidays has worn off, the sun's still setting before 6 p.m. (definitely not conducive to a motivated mindset) and the end of the school year still feels dauntingly far away. And is it just us, or did all of our classes just become a million times more stressful? 

Although this szn of school seems never-ending, there are ways to persevere! Remember: Before you know it, summer break will be here.

Create a plan


When life gets overwhelming, one way to reduce stress is to create a weekly plan or to-do list of everything on your agenda. Assignments, extracurriculars and general tasks can feel cluttered in your mind and leave you not knowing where to start. Making a list or keeping a calendar helps you visualize all of your tasks and makes them seem more approachable. (This also gives you the excuse to buy a super cute new planner, and who isn't obsessed with stationery?)

Reward yourself


It's v. important to have things to look forward to during these long months. For every hour you study, let yourself watch that YouTube vlog your fave influencer just posted or catch up with your friend on a quick FaceTime call. If you have your Spanish, algebra and history tests all in the same week, make time for some fun weekend hangs with your friends to relax and motivate you to slay all of your exams. This time of year, we're all about busting burnout—and prioritizing your happiness is *key* for that.

Find new ways to study 

Everyone studies in different ways—what works for your bestie may not work for you. Test out different study methods to find out what fits your learning style. After all, what's the point of re-writing all of your notes the night before the test if you're not remembering anything? Try studying alone and in groups. Make rhymes to help you remember terms and definitions, create flashcards, watch review get the idea.

Prioritize your mental and physical health 


Even though school is important, no grade is more important than your physical and mental well-being. Stay active and find new ways to move your body. Exercise is proven to help you de-stress, feel more awake and boost your mood. Make sure you are eating foods that fuel both your brain and your body—and don't forget to make time for self-care (like reading, meditating or just watching an episode of your comfort show). And remember, if you ever feel an overwhelming amount of stress, let a trusted adult (think: a parent, teacher or coach) know. They can help you make a plan to get back on track.

Here is some more info so you can end your year strong: 
⭐ The essentials you need to slay finals season 
⭐ 4 foolproof notetaking methods you should try this semester 
⭐ 3 study methods you need to shut down rn

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by Alex Marek | 3/6/2024