In this week’s editorial, Méadhbh Crowley discusses the stress of assignment season.
“Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.” These are the words I have been muttering to myself for the last week when I realised just how much work I have to do in the next three weeks. Three essays and three assignments, all worth 30% of their respective modules and not forgetting the revision that needs to be done for the final exams in four weeks time. To say I’m slightly stressed would be the understatement of the century, To top this I’ve society events to organise, a website to run, and tutorials to prepare and teach, leaving very little time for eating, sleeping and bingeing on Netflix.
For those who know me, they know this is one of my favourite times of the year, I love being organised. I love preparing different coloured flash cards for each subject. I love printing off notes and seeing how much you’ve already covered. I love being under pressure, it’s something I find motivating and it pushes me to do better than I normally would with the usual MCQs, or “Pop Quizzes”.I love preparing rewards for the completion of exams or assignments, for example going to David O’Doherty tonight in Kane G01(shout out to the Law Society). Being completely honest, I just like stationary.
For all of us we need to find what suits our learning the best, there’s no point trying to copy how your best friend or class mates study. Some of us thrive under pressure, others prefer to be prepared weeks in advance, which ever way you find “gets the job done”, as Bob the Builder would say, is the best for you.
I feel I should offer some study advice or something to help ease the stress of assignment season, but to be honest Adam Finn’s life advice is probably twenty times better than mine ! Here’s just a few tips to get you through till study week !!
- Keep calm
- Take breaks when needed
- Don’t spend all night cramming, it will stress you out and you won’t remember anything come the exam
- Set your assignment deadline two or three days before the actual deadline, you’ll thank yourself later
- Reward yourself for completing assignments or exams
- Remember to sleep, eat and exercise – these are not only important for your physical well being but also your mental health
Until next time !