Curbing end-of-year lethargy:
You’re in the home stretch
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 13:04
As we get close to the end of the school year, it becomes harder and harder to stay focused. I know it is tempting to skip class, not do homework or blow things off to relax or see friends, but that does more harm than good. We have all heard the term “senioritis,” but it does not just apply to seniors.
Over the past few years, research has been done to see how the changing climate can affect our attention spans and motivations. Considering the major temperature fluxes we have experienced this year, and the long, gloomy winters we have in Fargo -- we are affected by this phenomenon more than almost any other area of the country.
What these studies have shown is that people who were exposed to very little sun for long periods of time go through a body shock when their system is exposed to large quantities. Looking at the weather we have had the last few weeks, it is easy to see that this could be to blame for our lack of motivation for homework.
However, science does not stop there. In the ‘80s, there was research done on the study habits of high school and college students to see how long they could stay focused on a particular subject. The results showed that the average student starts to lose interest in an idea or class after about five to seven weeks of material. This could help explain why we have spring break when we do.
Now I understand the temptation to ease off on the focus in the last month of school, but your finals are not going to take it any easier on you. We all need to keep our nose to the grindstone and remember summer is only a month away!
If studying has you wanting a nap, remember to take a break. Studying in multiple shorter time increments may actually be better for your retention of material and help you avoid burnout. Try studying in different areas. No matter how exciting or fun a place is it can wear on you.
Every student on campus has a hard time studying from time to time, and we all hear the call of summer. Just stay focused and remember that skipping class and putting things off may feel great now, but it will not once those final grades come in.
Keith is a senior majoring in public relations and advertising