Spring Break Slip N’ Slide

slip n slideSpring Break can be considered a curse for most students and their academic work. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to think about writing an essay when you are spending time on a beach. Now that Spring Break is over, we must refocus your mind back to your school work.  There is roughly six weeks until finals week and that means final papers will be due too.

To keep yourself from getting to far behind, here are a few tips that I have found helpful when writing final papers.

1. Due Date
When writing your papers you should always know the due date for a couple reasons: prioritizing and pacing. You should always prioritize your papers based upon when they are due. For example, if your IDC paper is due in a week you should concentrate fully on that paper rather than your English paper that is due in three weeks. Along with prioritizing, pacing is very important. You want to make sure you allow yourself enough time to work on your paper in stages from brainstorming to proofreading. Also, writing your paper the night before is not a great idea because you will be more inclined to rush through the paper along with giving shallow explanations.

2. Technology
Distracting technology, such as Twitter and Netflix, should be avoided while writing. You will be shocked how fast you can write a paper if you are not constantly getting on Facebook or texting your friends. Just give yourself a good hour or two of being technologically withdrawn when you write your paper, you do not have to give it up entirely.

3. Sleep
Sleep is important to every aspect of your life, even writing! You need to make sure you are well rested when writing you paper if not your grade may suffer. When you are exhausted your brain’s relay slows down inhibiting you to fully concentrate on your paper. I see many Bellarmine students drinking coffee and writing papers all the time, but coffee is not the answer. Coffee may wake your body up, but your brain will remain exhausted. So if you find yourself tired, try taking a nap and allow your brain along with your body to rest. When you wake you will feel energized and ready to write your paper.

There are a lot more tips that could be discussed, but a lot are dependent on the type of writer you are. When writing your papers, you should develop your own techniques that help you avoid the Spring Break Slip N’ Slide.

Hopefully these tips will aid you in the writing process and do not forget to visit the Writing Center!

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