Post # 1
Hi! So I have been in a rigorous college program for the past year and a half. It has been very stressful and I have been unable to spend time with family and friends like I used to. I also haven’t been able to work but one shift every week or so, so that has been stressful too. I graduate in May, so the end is not too far off, but I’m not sure I can make it. I have a big test Tuesday, and I already feel like it’s too late for me to do well on it. I have a good grade in the class, so one bad grade won’t ruin my grade, but I will need to do better on the next one. The problem is, I have time to study, everything I need to study, and no one stopping me but myself. I will sit and read the same sentence over and over for hours without even realizing it. I tried to study today and was reduced to tears because no matter how hard I try, I just cannot focus. I have tried studying other places, taking a break, studying in a different format etc. You name it, I’ve tried it. I am so burnt out I just don’t know what to do. I am so close to the end, I HAVE to graduate, but this burn out may keep me from it if I can’t snap out of it! Have any of you experienced this or something similar? Any advice on how to fix it? I have been feeling more and more burnt out as I have advanced in this program, but how I feel about this test takes the cake. I mean I haven’t even read a chapter and the test is Tuesday. The test is also on like 12 chapters, which is why I already think it’s too late. 🙁
Post # 4
It’ll be ok!
Take a nap. Watch your favorite movie. Go for a walk with your iPod. Get your nails done. Get a massage. Visit family/friends for a few hours. You need to get your mind off of school for bit!
Everyone needs a break, and everyone is human… try not to put so much pressure on yourself. I know it’s hard.
Post # 5
meditation helps me a lot to regain my focus, as well as exercise
Post # 6
@EyeLoveKitties: I second exercise! It’s great to clear your head, relieve stress and refocus.
My other tip would be go to Starbucks to study, but you said you’ve tried studying in other places.
Perhaps trying to break the chapters into smaller increments, and cross them off as you finish reading and making your notes. You have the rest of the weekend and Monday–just break the material into manageable pieces and stick to a schedule with breaks scheduled in.
You’re almost done! It sounds like you’re just burned out and stressed. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
@canarydiamond: I seriously need to remember that I am human and am not going to pass every test, everyone gets burned out at some point!
Post # 8
See if you can access counselling through your college, either with one of their study counsellors or if you can get onto your tutor and tell them you are having difficulties.
Can you delay your exam with a medical certificate? You sound like you just need a break and it’s impacting on your health
It’s very hard to cram at the last minute, did you go over most of those 12 chapters before? Perhaps your brain just needs a break and when you sit the actual test you will know more than you think you know.
Good luck, I know it’s hard, congrats on almost finishing! 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@WeddingTime18: I know how you feel! Due to studying something I didn’t love for 3 years, and then switching my major to something I really did love, I’ve been full time in college since Fall 2009. I’m so burnt out, I haven’t been going to class very often or doing well because I can’t find the motivation to leave the house. I’d rather just go to work haha. I decided to make the decision that would best help me, and only take 2-3 classes a semester while I take a break and recuperate. It means I’ll be here longer, but I decided to slow down and make sure I do things right, than hurry through it and not do it properly. Now I’m being really crazy and considering grad school as an after graduation option!
However, for your situation, I agree with canarydiamond : You just need to take a break! My professors always say: it’s just one test. You can still do well in the class if you mess up with one exam. It’s not the end of the world, I promise. Take a break and relax for a few hours, and remember that your physical and mental health comes first. If you don’t have those things, you’ll never pass anyway!
Good luck! <3
Post # 10
I bit off a lot this semester trying to play catch up. I like biology but it is hard for me to understand some of the concepts. I hate to go to youtube where they have people who are teachers who make amazing videos
Post # 11
@WeddingTime18: Therapy. I want to a university that demanded strenuous effort, and I also dealt with an event that worsened my depression/anxiety and I had the exact same problems that you’re dealing with. Your university mental health counseling department will have someone who’s familiar with what study tips can help you, coginitive-behavior methods that can help you out, might know if you need to be referred to a psychiatrist for meds, etc. And s/he will be familiar with what she can do to help you navigate the university system, such as writing to your professors or setting you up with a different schedule.
I second the exercise/meditation recommended above. When I started taking yoga every quarter I felt much more prepared to tackle what I had to do. Yes, it is another hour out of your schedule. But the benefits are so worth it. Good luck! Xx
ETA: Feel free to PM me. Good luck with your test!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for the great advice! I passed my test and feel MUCH better now! I have my last test next week and then no more tests until the final! I will be taking a much needed break from studying during most of the time between the last test and the final! 🙂
Post # 13
@WeddingTime18: YAY!! Good job girl!