5 Ways to Cope with Study Fatigue
College students will continually be affected by intense fatigue that comes from years of study. In addition to university course material, most college students also have a part time job and personal obligations. Additionally, in order to finish their degree on time many students take classes during the summer or try to take the maximum amount of classes allowed by the university, which can lead to additional stress and fatigue. Avoiding this is nearly impossible but it can be coped with. Students who are getting to the point in the academic year where they just need a break are encouraged to follow a few tips and tricks to help them combat fatigue.
1. Avoid excess caffeine after lunch time
Many students will start relying on coffee or energy drinks to help them combat their initial lethargy. This usually occurs during exam week and is sometimes unavoidable. However, students who use caffeine regularly and in excessive amounts may find that this habit makes them more tired over time. Drinking coffee late in the evening makes it difficult to sleep, therefore making students exhausted the next day as well. Caffeine consumption also allows students to run only on adrenaline and masks the fact that they’re not getting enough quality sleep. As the months go on, students may be unable to function at all if they don’t take a few minutes here and there and get some rest.
2. Get eight hours of sleep whenever possible
Getting enough sleep is probably one of the most important things a student can do to cope with excess fatigue. Students who regularly receive eight hours of sleep a night, although easier said than done, are more likely to be able to power through those intensive study sessions. Additionally, when the mind is rested it can more easily focus on material which means students may be able to cut a few hours off of their study session throughout the week. On the other hand, a tired mind will lose concentration and have more trouble focusing on important material which may appear on an exam.
3.Ã‚Â Work with a study group to stay motivated and on task
Students who try to do every assignment and study for every exam entirely on their own will often become fatigued quicker. Students who work together as a group may be able to break up certain tasks and shorten the study time, thus saving a few hours each week for rest or social time. Also, when working as a team, students can help motivate each other and lift up the members of the group who are becoming overly stressed.
4. Plan out a schedule for assignments with long range due dates
One of the main reasons students become incredibly tired is because they cram. Cramming occurs when a student saves the bulk of their study for the night before an exam and stays up all hours of the night. This usually results in a lower score overall and also leaves the student utterly exhausted. Once at university, many assignments come with a long range due date that can tempt students to leave the work until the last minute. As a way of preventing this, students are encouraged to write out a schedule that will help them determine what needs to be done on specific dates. Nothing bad ever happens if a student finishes the assignment a few days early.
5. Concentrate on Ã‚Â assignments that have the most weight to your final grade
At some point students who leave the majority of their study till the night before may have to choose between one assignment and another. Although it’s best to prevent this if possible, it’s the reality for the majority of university students at some point in time. When it comes to this, students are encouraged to find out which assignment has the most weight. For instance, if a student has a one page paper that is worth 3% of their final grade and an exam that is worth 15% of their final grade it should be clear which one they need to focus on. However, students who are overly fatigued may forget which assignments are worth more or less. It’s good to pay attention to those details ahead of time so that students know which assignment to focus on if they find themselves in a tight spot.
Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student.