(Closed) So burnt out, don't know what to do!

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 4
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
241 posts
Helper bee

meditation helps me a lot to regain my focus, as well as exercise

Post # 6
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
178 posts
Blushing bee

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! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
2668 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
317 posts
Helper bee

@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!

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