“To stay motivated through the rest of the semester I always try to make daily to-do lists to keep me on track. I also like to do the easier assignments first to help ease myself into a study mindset. However, I think the most important thing to do during the last couple of weeks of the semester is to remind yourself that you NEED to take breaks. Finals week can be very overwhelming and your brain needs time to rest and reset! What do you like to do during your study breaks?” -Elisa C.
The week after Thanksgiving break is always hard for me. When I get back, it finally hits me that there is only two full weeks before finals week. Something that I do that helps me out is to write down every single thing that I need to do from now until the end of the semester. This puts my nerves at ease because I know everything that I need to do and then I can put actionable tasks on in my planner to ensure that I am appropriately spreading out my tasks and not unintentionally pushing it off to dead week. - Nate S.
“One way I stay motivated before finals is by making myself a detailed schedule to follow. By doing this I make it my goal to get everything I need to get done in the time frame I give myself. This allows me to be more productive because I want to stay on the schedule I made! Another way I stay motivated is by rewarding myself. For example if I study for 45 minutes then I can have a 10 minute phone break. Doing this gives me something to work towards in time when motivation might be lacking.” - Jenna T.
“Once we get back from Thanksgiving break, my motivation falls off a cliff. I just want the semester to be over! To combat this, I follow the five minute rule: you can do anything for five minutes. That's all! Don't want to study? Just do it for five minutes! Hate cleaning your room? Just spend five minutes picking clothes up off of the floor. Starting a task is always the hardest part, and once you do, it's a lot easier to keep on going. Next time you feel the motivation slipping, just tell yourself, I can do it for five minutes” -Cameron H.
Break is over and finals are right around the corner. Motivation is hard to come by and just in the time we need it most!! This week we’re sharing our favorite motivational quotes and hearing from some of our staff members on how they stay motivated. What gets you motivated?
About halfway through the semester, we put up a laminated piece of paper in our office and asked a different member of our staff to write something motivational on it every day. Sometimes they’re funny and sometimes they’re heartfelt. Regardless of what the quote is, it has been a great way to connect as an office and feel a bit of motivation and inspiration! What are your favorite motivational quotes?
Hi everyone! My name is Ben White, and I will be hosting today’s Instagram takeover for SI appreciation week! I’m taking you through a typical day in the life of an SI leader. A little bit about me first: I am a senior majoring in Animal Ecology in the Wildlife Care and Interpretation Options. My ultimate goal is to work in the zoo field with animals used in education programs. I am the SI leader for A ECL 365 (Vertebrate Biology) and this is my third semester on the team. Not only that, but I am also an SI mentor, so I help both new and returning SI leaders transition into their roles as SI leaders. I became an SI leader because I love the course material and it’s given me valuable education experience I can take to my future career. My favorite part of SI is the positive impact that I have on my students. Nothing feels better than seeing someone do well in a class they were previously struggling in. That’s all I have for now, but tune in throughout the day to learn what it’s like to be an SI leader!
Applications for ASC front desk student assistants are open! Meet Elisa one of our current front desk student assistants. Here’s what she has to say about her experience: “My favorite part of being a front desk student assistant is being able to work with the amazing staff at the asc. Everyone is so friendly and extremely helpful. I also love being able to interact and help my peers. There’s always something new everyday and I always look forward to coming into the office.” Apply today!!
Tutor applications for spring 2020 are now open!! Meet Rosalie, one of our current ASC tutors. This is what she had to say about working as a tutor: “I'm Rosalie and I've been a tutor with the ASC for about a year now, tutoring for Econ 101. My favorite part of tutoring, and yes I know it's cheesy, but it is definitely the intrinsic reward from being able to help people work through the same class I've already taken and know that I'm making a difference. Not only that, but pushing myself to understand the content on a level deep enough to teach it made me a better student in the rest of my Econ classes, so it's just as helpful for me as it is for my tutees. I would recommend tutoring to anyone who likes their classes and is looking to gain work experience. Apply online today: tutoring.iastate.edu