Crunch Time

There’s this disease that is well-known to college students. They call it end-of-term-itis. It sneaks up on you, especially as a study abroad student who has been exploring and traveling at every opportunity. All of a sudden, there are only a few weeks left in the semester, and you actually have to start working on the five essays you haven’t thought about since they were assigned. Where did all the time go? you think. There was so much of it, and now it’s gone! And then the Stress Monster attacks. I’ve compiled a few tips on how to banish him and finish out the semester as strongly as you started it.


  1. Look at your reading lists. All of my professors gave supplementary reading lists at the beginning of the semester. I didn’t really pay much attention to them when I got them, but they are proving very useful in finding resources for my essays.
  2. Take one thing at a time. When I sat down and looked at the assignments I needed to complete, I was totally overwhelmed. My mind was pulled in too many directions and I couldn’t focus on any of them. Once I decided to tackle one assignment at a time, I became a lot more productive.
  3. Go to the library. Aside from being a great source of research material, the library can be a good change of pace. The upper floors of the library have lots of quiet study spaces that can make it easier for me to focus because everyone around me is focused. Added bonus: no need to leave the building to get coffee or a snack – there is a café inside the QMUL Mile End library.
  4. If you get stuck, take a break. Go for a walk, read a fun article on Buzzfeed, or watch a few YouTube videos. It may sound counterproductive, but when I find myself getting mentally blocked, the most productive thing can sometimes be to step away from it for a little while.

Happy studies!

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