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The Balancing Act: Studying

Posted by Montana Crossman on Dec 9, 2016 4:32:00 PM

It’s the age-old struggle: balancing homework and studying with your happiness. Maybe you’re one of those students who finds happiness in doing your schoolwork. If that’s the case, then I applaud you. You must be a very happy person.

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As for me, I find that it is hard to sit down and focus on homework. I like classes, and I like learning, but at times it can all be very overwhelming. If you have to read for all of your classes, and each reading is at least forty pages long, the task of doing all of your homework seems harrowing. The past few years of college have taught me as much about how to study as they have about my classes' subject material.

At first, I thought diligence was the key. If I came straight home from class and worked on all of my homework that was due the next day, then I could enjoy some free time. Eventually this plan fell through for me. Yes, I was diligent, but I often made excuses to myself. It was always the same. “I’ll do it right after this TV episode, “I’ll do it when we get back from this event,” or “I’m really tired, I’ll take a nap first." None of these ever really worked out in my favor.

So I started a new approach. I would take all of my Monday, Wednesday, Friday homework and do it on Sunday night. Then, I would take all of Tuesday/Thursday homework and do that on Monday night. That way I could have the rest of the week to my own devices. This worked, for a time.

Finally, I have started the habit of doing all of my homework on the weekends, starting with Friday night. This enables me to take time with all of my homework. I prioritize Monday and Tuesday’s homework and then work my way down the week. If I don’t finish a few things, then I save it for later in the week. This works really well for me, and I find that I can balance more of the things that I want to do with my actual work.

This method works well for me, but finding the right balance is different for everyone. Fortunately, there are lots of study spaces at Lycoming College to help everyone find the right studying environment.  


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