It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow marks the start of the last week of classes for summer 2016 (time flies when you’re having fun!). If you’re a current student at GPS, this is likely one of your busiest weeks of the year. Perhaps you’re tempted to skip out on your discussion posts as you work to complete your final project. Perhaps you’re struggling to stay focused as your next vacation beckons. But before you mentally check out (or retreat into full-on study hibernation), check out our tips for making the most of your last week of class.

  1. Manage your time. Do what you can to map out what the next eight days are going to look like. Make a checklist of everything you need to do, and carve out blocks of time in your calendar when you know you’ll be able to sit down and focus. Try not to worry about missing out on social events, your kid’s soccer game, or your regular fitness class. Yes, you’re making sacrifices, but it’s only for a week!
  2. Minimize distraction. Try to find a place to study that gets you away from other things that demand your attention. Some students swear by the “white noise” provided by their local coffee shop, while others need the absolute quiet of their office after business hours.
  3. Don’t forget about those discussion posts. As enticing as it is to blow off your discussion posts, please remember that these posts make up 30 percent of your grade.
  4. Take some time to de-stress. Whether it’s a nightly meditation, an extra hour of sleep or a lunchtime walk, find something to do each day that will help you clear your mind. Bonus points if that something doesn’t involve a screen.

Good luck, and remember…

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