Plan your fuel ahead of time.
Drop the candy and trail mix, and turn to delivery. It’s always better to start your ‘hubbing with something to sustain you. Keep it light with something baked, paired with something your mother would approve, like chicken and veggies, or hearty pasta with an energizing protein like meatballs or shrimp. Bonus tip: use the Grubhub Preorder feature to make the arrangements early in the day so you can focus on the tasks at hand.
Order for the entire study group.
We all know that it’s better to have allies when it comes to some of the tougher subjects. That being said, make sure to order enough to share. Dishes like nachos or spring rolls are great to share as a group. Not only will you be a hero, but it could lead to some complimentary tutoring as a ‘thank you’.
Pack the essentials to maximize study time.
Don’t let outside stressors make you feel more pressure. Bring chargers for your phone, computer, or anything else that needs to be charged so you’re not counting down the seconds until you lose power. In addition to the right tech, be sure to pack a scarf or sweater for when the library cranks the air — and don’t forget extra highlighters and pens.
Let tech help you out.
While technology can sometimes be a hurdle, it can also be immeasurably helpful. Find the best apps that can help you when you get stuck – they may also help you stay away from social media distractions. Try things like Spotify’s study playlists, a meditation app to get you settled before the studying begins, and there are even apps out there to block your distracting sites.
Know when to take a break.
All work and no play has never done anyone any favors. You know yourself best, so be sure to take a break when you need it. You can’t get your best work done when you’re pushed to the max. Try playing video games, kicking around a soccer ball on the quad, or curling up with a sweet treat, like brownies or warm chocolate chip cookies, in the dorm lounge.
You put in the time, and hopefully it’s all paid off. That pizza and fries you put off initially? It’s time to order them. Treat yourself, you’ve earned it.